Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Train for free to enter environmental health, safety field

Earn HAZWOPER credentials and more.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership has linked with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District to provide free training this fall for entry-level positions in the environmental health and safety field.
 Designated by the County and City of San Diego to receive state and federal funds to administer job training and employment programs throughout the region, the San Diego Workforce Partnership contracts directly with higher education institutions to fund training programs that are in demand by local employers and result in industry-recognized credentials.


The East County college district’s Corporate College department was selected to offer an environmental health and safety technician certificate program consisting of 116 hours of training from Oct. 28-Dec. 10. Program completion earns trainees four credentials: 40-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response); 30-hour General Industry Certificate; DOT Hazardous Material Awareness Training Certificate; and the CPR/First Aid/AED Certificate. Training will be at Cuyamaca College and provided by faculty and industry partners.


The short duration of the non-credit courses is designed to get displaced workers back into the workforce as quickly as possible.


Prerequisites for the training program include an assessment offered during orientation Oct. 17 and membership in the America’s Job Center of California network. The East County Career Center at 924 E. Main St. in El Cajon is a Job Center site.


Occupational health and safety technicians collect data on the health and safety conditions of the workplace and help prevent harm to workers, the environment and the general public. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for technicians in 2015 was just over $48,000, with a faster-than-average job outlook of 9 percent growth from 2014-2024. The training prepares students for the following entry-level positions:

  • Hazardous waste technician
  • Environmental Health and Safety Technician
  •  Materials handler
  • Chemical support technician
  • Lab assistant
Also selected for the Workforce Partnership’s competitive bid was the Escondido Adult School, which will offer a certified nurse assistant program. Grossmont-Cuyamaca and the Escondido Adult School will each train approximately 30 participants in two cohorts between fall 2016 and June 2017.

This flexibility in programming allows the workforce partnership to add quality training programs to the region and offer job-seekers more training choices. Job-seekers, particularly dislocated workers receiving assistance via the America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) network are encouraged to apply and can sign up to receive email notifications.


For more information about the training program, contact Erin Roberts, Corporate Advancement Developer, at (619) 668-1727 or erin.roberts@gcccd.edu.

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