Santa Fe Community College And Northern New Mexico College Present Commencement For EPA Grant Job-Training Program Participants

by Reporter / Jun 17, 2019 / 0 comments

Santa Fe Community College And Northern New Mexico College Present Commencement For EPA Grant Job-Training Program Participants

Northern New Mexico President Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D. will give the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the first class s to complete the EPA Environmental Job Training program at Northern New Mexico College.  Twenty-five students completed a free five-week intensive training at NNMC in Española presented by Janet Kerley of Santa Fe Community College’s Workforce Training Program.   

Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., SFCC Dean of the School of Technology of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability will give the certificates to the graduates. 

Graduates will receive certifications in the following:

  • Forklift Operator
  • Solid Waste Awareness (8 hours)
  • Hazardous Waste Management: RCRA (24 hours)
  • OSHA Construction Standards (30 hours)
  • HAZWOPER 40 hr. General Site Worker
  • Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
  • Environmental Sampling (16 hours)
  • Confined Space Entry (8 hours)
  • DOT Hazmat (16 hours)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

In addition, all graduates received: 10 hours of Career Readiness: Resume Preparation, Interviewing Skills, and Employment Resources in NM provided by NM Workforce Solutions Thaddeus (Ted) Lech.

There is currently a great demand for environmental or hazardous waste removal technicians. The New Mexico Employment Projection Report (2014-2024) identifies the need for hazardous material removal workers at a 10 percent increase and a high growth job classification. This program is supported by the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant (JT-01F39901-0).

The classes were taught through Santa Fe Community College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training program by Janet Kerley, nationally recognized environmental, health and safety instructor.


What:   Commencement for EPA Environmental Job Training Program                   

When:  10 a.m. Friday, June 21                 

Where:  Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College, 921 Paseo de Onate Street, Española                       

Cost:      Free and open to the public                       

For more than three decades, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is designated a “Best for Vets” school and a “2015 Military Friendly” school. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. Visit or call 505-428-1000.

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