EPA awards $300,000 to SBC to develop green jobs

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: 23-2: Climate Commitment, Tribal College News

In July 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) a $300,000 Workforce Development and Job Training Grant to promote green jobs on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The funds will be used to develop a training program that will teach students environmental cleanup skills and assist with job placement. The award is among 21 similar grants totaling $6.2 million that EPA is providing throughout the country.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will train as many as 20 students. The training program will include specific instruction on topics such as solid and hazardous waste management, emergency response, and environmental cleanup and treatment technologies. The tribe expects to place 75% of program participants in jobs with local environmental contractors once training is completed.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose lands lie in both North and South Dakota, has established a Brownfields program that has completed several environmental assessment and cleanup projects.

Since 1998, EPA has awarded more than $35 million under the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program. As of May 2011, more than 6,683 individuals have been trained through the program, and more than 4,400 have been placed in full-time employment in the environmental field with an average starting hourly wage of $14.65. The trainees are developing skills that will make them competitive in the construction and redevelopment fields.

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