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EPA Officials to Host Brownfields Job Training Roundtable on Monday, March 19, at Saint Louis University’s Salus Center

Release Date: 03/19/2012
Contact Information: Belinda Young, (913) 551-7463, young.belinda@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., March 19, 2012) – EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Mathy Stanislaus, and EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks will host an environmental roundtable at 3 p.m. today at Saint Louis University’s Salus Center.

The roundtable will recognize the success of a local EPA Brownfields Job Training program, whose graduates and stakeholders will participate in a discussion about the program’s achievements and job placement efforts.

St. Louis Community College partnered with SLU to target residents of brownfields-impacted communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area for an intensive environmental worker training program, designed to provide participants with employment-driven skills. Recruitment for the training program was focused on residents of economically depressed communities, particularly those living in the St. Louis Empowerment Zone, Wellston, Mo.; and East St. Louis, Ill.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the program has an 78.8 percent graduate placement rate. Ninety students have completed the program, and 12 more will graduate on Friday, March 23. Two new training programs will start soon, with more than 50 requests for enrollment already received for each session.

WHO: Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks; and graduates and stakeholders of the job training program

WHAT: Brownfields Job Training Roundtable

WHEN: 3 p.m. TODAY, Monday, March 19, 2012

WHERE: Saint Louis University, Salus Center, 3545 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63104

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