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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Missouri Job Center Offers Free Training For Green Jobs

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The Missouri Job Center is seeking applicants for the Green for Greene program, a free training in which participants earn certifications for environmental-related careers. Green for Greene is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Through the course of the five-week training, participants gain 13 certifications needed for environmental careers. Those certifications include OSHA 10, OSHA Hazwoper, Trenching & Excavation, Confined Space, Lead Renovation Repair & Paint, Lead Abatement, Mold Abatement, Asbestos Handler, Forklift Driver, Silica, Flagger, Bloodborne Pathogens and First Aid/CPR. Classes begin February 25, 2019, and are held daily from 8 am to 5 pm at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine, with portions of the training take place at Environmental Services and Southwest Safety Company.


“Currently we’re recruiting 15 candidates for this cohort,” said Wendy Graves, Program Manager for Green for Greene. “In past classes, Green for Greene participants have earned the needed certifications and most graduates have gained employment in environmental-related fields with averaging wages of $15.04 an hour,” she said.


Through the Green for Greene training program, employers are finding prime employee candidates certified in the areas needed for employment. Graves added, “The program has been very successful in providing new opportunities and career paths for participants, as well as providing qualified job candidates to local employers,” she said.


To qualify for the program, candidates should reside in the 7-county region of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster. Potential candidates must interview to show their commitment to completing the program. Those interested in the training program please email Wendy Graves at wgraves@springfieldmo.gov. Another cohort will be hosted in June.


For more information, contact Katherine Trombetta at 417-841-3389 or ktrombetta@springfieldmo.gov.


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The Missouri Job Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aides and services available on request to individuals with disabilities. MO TTY users call 800-735-2966 or MO Relay at 711.

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