SFCC collaborates with Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) to offer a free environmental job training program at NNMC campus in Española

Applications available now for March 28 to April 29 session

 Santa Fe Community College will collaborate with Northern New Mexico College to offer a free training program on NNMC’s campus in Española. The New Mexico Environmental Workforce Job Training Program is a free five-week intensive training designed to prepare its graduates to enter the expanding environmental job market. An Environmental Protection Agency grant supports the program. Applications are open through March 23. Apply at https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/environmental-job-training/ The five-week intensive training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday March 28 to April 29 at NNMC in Española.

SFCC’s President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is pleased to partner with Northern New Mexico College to offer another environmental job training program at NNMC’s campus in Española. We’re grateful to the EPA and our many community partners who have made it possible to offer this free training, which provides unemployed and underemployed New Mexicans with technical training and certifications that employers often require but were not readily available in northern New Mexico.”

NNMC’s Interim President Bárbara M. Medina, Ph.D., added, “Northern is grateful to Santa Fe Community College for offering this opportunity to provide free environmental job training on our campus.  Nationally recognized instructor Janet Kerley will offer skills to participants to become job-ready for essential environmental jobs that are in high demand from regional and national employers and vital to northern New Mexico.”

The free training program includes training and the potential for certification in these areas:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER)
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator
  • OSHA Construction Standards
  • Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA)
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Sampling
  • DOT HazMat

Participants must be:

  • A high school graduate or have a GED
  • 18 years or older
  • Unemployed, underemployed or low income
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Able to lift 30 pounds
  • Able to attend the entire five-week program.

Space is limited and applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for job placement assistance. Most entry-level positions offer benefits with an average starting wage between $16 and $19 per hour.

Partners for this workshop training include Santa Fe Community College, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northern New Mexico College, Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council, Inc., AGC New Mexico, New Mexico Workforce Connection and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find out more about the program and apply online at: https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/environmental-job-training/. This program is supported by an EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant (Grant # JT 01F94401). For more information about the $200,000 EPA grant given to SFCC, read this EPA press release.

In addition to the 162 hours of training, attendees meet with environmental employers and New Department of Workforce Connection staff to receive guidance on résumé preparation and job interviewing skills.

For additional information about the program email Environmental Health and Safety Instructor Janet Kerley via email at janet.kerley@sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1896. For registration assistance, please contact Evelyn Gonzales by email at evelyn.gonzales@sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1866.

Photo attached: Participants in an EPA job training exercise.   


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