EPA Vocational Training Grants, Racine Group Gets $200,000

North Beach at Racine, Lake Michigan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday the selection of a Wisconsin organization to receive a $200,000 grant for job training programs.

Great Lakes Community Conservation Corpsbased in Racine, is one of 19 national organizations to receive a grant, with prizes totaling more than $3.7 million.

Skills training and workforce development are part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to advancing economic opportunity while delivering environmental justice to underserved communities, according to a press release from the Biden-Harris administration. EPA.

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“(This) presents a unique opportunity to build a better America and that means new, well-paying jobs,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “This program will have a direct impact on people’s lives, boosting the environmental workforce while helping to transform the communities that need it most.”

Funded by the EPA’s Brownfields Vocational Training Program, the grants provide funding to organizations working to create a skilled workforce in the communities where assessment, cleanup, and preparation take place. brownfields for reuse activities.

Grant recipients were also located in Chicago as well as Alaska, California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Rather than filling local jobs with contractors from remote towns, the organizations that have received grants provide training and offer residents of communities historically affected by environmental pollution, economic divestment and brownfields an opportunity to acquire the skills and certifications needed to secure local environmental work in their communities. .

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