The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) received a five-year award from the U.S. EPA under the Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance grant program.
The topic area addressed was Technical Assistance to Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grantees.
HMTRI's Community SuppOrt, Networking, and AssistaNce for Environmental Career Training (CONNECT) Program will provide technical assistance, information, and peer-to-peer networking to new, existing, and prospective Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grantees.
HMTRI will assist communities to build and expand their programs through annual workforce development meetings, professional learning communities, mentor links, webinars, individualized technical assistance, the Brownfields Job Development Toolbox and Trainers Resource website, the grantee and community outreach listserv, and other support services.
The CONNECT Program will contribute to the economic sustainability of communities by providing employment to residents who otherwise are likely to be unemployed or receiving public assistance and linking graduates with on-going environmental assessment and cleanup projects, as well as wastewater treatment and other land restoration projects.
The social sustainability of communities will be supported by providing residents a career path and meaningful work that requires specialized training and certifications that result in livable wages and career pathways. The environmental sustainability of communities will be assisted with establishing a local skilled workforce capable of performing environmental remediation.
Finally, CONNECT will contribute to the public health of communities by educating residents to identify and reduce health and environmental threats posed by contaminants at brownfields and other solid and hazardous waste sites.