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U.S. EPA Honors 17 Environmental Job Training Program Graduates in Rialto, Calif.

Release Date: 07/24/2014
Contact Information: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, 213-244-1815


Program Prepares Graduates for Hazardous Waste Cleanup Jobs

LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today will recognize 17 graduates from the Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) in Rialto, Calif. The job training, offered to local residents, provided training and readiness for environmental jobs that will aid in the cleanup of the Rockets, Fireworks and Flares Superfund site. The 17 graduates will be prepared to work in positions with site contractors and off-site employers in the community.

SuperJTI is a job readiness program that provides free training and employment opportunities for citizens living in communities affected by Superfund sites. EPA creates partnerships with local businesses, universities, labor unions, community and social service organizations, and other federal agencies to address local workforce issues. EPA’s goal is to help communities develop job opportunities and partnerships that remain long after a Superfund site is cleaned up.

Approximately 400 trainees nationwide have participated in this program and 80% of trainees have been placed in a variety of jobs such as environmental technicians, material handlers, radiological control inspectors and heavy equipment operators.

WHO:
U.S. EPA National Program Manger Regions 6-10, Viola Cooper
Rialto Mayor, Deborah Robertson
Various State and local representatives

WHAT:
Superfund Job Training Initiative Graduation

WHERE:
Rialto Masonic Center
260 South Palm Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376

WHEN:
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the Superfund Job Training Initiative, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/sfjti/

For more information on the Rockets, Fireworks and Flares Superfund Site, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/r9/sfund/r9sfdocw.nsf/ViewByEPAID/CAN000905945


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