EPA awards $200,000 for Alaska job training

Zender Environmental Health and Research Group and the Alaska Forum on the Environment will share a $200,000 grant for workforce development and job training announced Oct. 24 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The two nonprofit entities, both based in Anchorage, will receive the grant once their training program details have been approved, EPA officials said.

“Our Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program produces skilled technicians that help rural communities safely manage wastes and respond to environmental emergencies in uniquely challenging circumstances and remote locations,” said Lynn Zender, executive director of Zender Environmental. “This grant will help us offer more opportunities for trainees interested in working hard and building a career in environmental and community public health service.”

Alaska Forum plans to train 60 students and place at least 39 graduates in environmental jobs, according to Kurt Eilo, executive director. 

More information on Zender’s Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program is available at zendergroup.org/racejt.html.

For more about the Alaska Forum on the Environment’s ETAP training program, visit akforum.org/apprenticeship/about-etap.