A $200,000 grant to operate environmental job training programs was awarded Monday to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The funds from the agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program will support programs to help local residents gain the skills needed for employment in the environmental field.
The LACC plans to train 60 low-income, underemployed adults in environmental management skills with the grant money and will work with the Canoga Park-South Valley WorkSource Center, Los Angeles Housing and Community Development Department, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 5 Joint Apprenticeship Trust, GRID Alternatives, Electrical Training Institute, Health Homes Collaborative and IQ Personnel to place program graduates in jobs.
“We are extremely thankful to the EPA for their continued support of and dedication to the L.A. Conservation Corps. The funding we’ve received allows us to train our young people; offering them an opportunity to receive industry-recognized credentials,” LACC Chief Executive Officer Wendy Butts said.
“These credentials are incredibly important because they empower our corps members to overcome barriers to employment — many of which brought them to the corps initially,” she said. “The training that the EPA’s funding equips us to offer translates into solid job opportunities and a living wage for our young people in a growing field, but also allows them to continue their work of positively impacting communities.”
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that through “Brownfields job training programs, we’re investing in getting Americans back to work and improving local economies and the environment. Graduates will acquire the skill set necessary to gain full-time employment in the environmental field and help revitalize their communities.”