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Job Corps students extend their education in environmental remediation

An opportunity of a lifetime to create a better life and a make themselves even more employable is what 10 Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center students earned when they competed for a six-week job training program in Environmental Remediation through OAI, Opportunity Advancement Innovation.

“Our number one priority at Job Corps is to give our students a great education and training to ensure that they are employable after graduation,” explained ESJCC Business and Community Liaison Rhonda Peery.

Of the 10 students who were chosen for the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) KC Environmental Workforce Development Partnership Remediation Worker Training, each has a trade that he or she will graduate with from the center; painting, construction, advanced transportation communication, welding and others just to name a few.  Adding the MEC training is just a bonus to their resumes when students graduate from ESJCC.

MEC’s goal was to recruit and train 20 individuals for careers in environmental remediation and related fields, impressively 10 of those students came from Excelsior Springs’ Job Corps.

Students who will begin training this week qualified by being at least 18 years of age, having a high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed, are each U.S. citizens, are physically able to do the work, are drug free and committed to completing the six-week program and seeking employment in the field.

Rebecca Kiehl, Training Coordinator for ESJCC, said the 10 students who were chosen participated in a one-day tryout session and competed with other adults ages 18-65.  “Students who tested for MEC had to be knowledgeable about toxic sludge, participate in ladder relay, there was a leadership test, an essay, math testing, tool recognition and a respiratory physical,” explained Kiehl.

During the training program ESJCC students will receive training and certification in a variety of different fields including hazardous waste, asbestos abatement, lead abatement, OSHA construction safety, mold remediation, first aid/CPR and life skills.  At the end of the program and when each student has successfully completed the course, MEC will help with job placement.  Peery added that students completing the course through MEC would also have the option to continue for another two weeks to earn a CDL, which is just another bonus to add to their résumés when joining the work force.

 

Back row, from left: Demetrius Gipson, Todd Neukom, Demetre Heard, John Johnson and Samuel Robinson. Front row, from left: Jordan Chavez, Mallori Featherstone, Victoria Finley and not pictured Domonique Hawkins. (Photo by Jae Juarez)

Back row, from left: Demetrius Gipson, Todd Neukom, Demetre Heard, John Johnson and Samuel Robinson. Front row, from left: Jordan Chavez, Mallori Featherstone, Victoria Finley and not pictured Domonique Hawkins. (Photo by Jae Juarez)

By Jae Juarez • jae@leaderpress.com

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One Response to Job Corps students extend their education in environmental remediation

  1. Ken Glick (EEI) Reply

    September 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center should be commended for working with the Opportunity Advancement Innovation to teach and expose at risk workers to the environmental remediation industry because these types of skills will be even more in demand in the future than they are today.

    We work with environmental consultants on a regular basis and tell us how hard time they have finding entry-level employees that have even a little experience in this field.

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