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SFCC Collaborates With Northern New Mexico College To Offer EPA Job Training Program At NNMC

on February 5, 2019 - 9:57am

EDUCATION News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College will collaborate with Northern New Mexico College to offer a free training program on NNMC’s campus in Española.

The New Mexico Environmental Workforce Job Training Program is a free five-week intensive training designed to prepare its graduates to enter the expanding environmental job market. An Environmental Protection Agency grant supports the program.

The five-week intensive training is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 20 through June 21 at NNMC in Española.

“Santa Fe Community College is pleased to partner with Northern New Mexico College to offer an environmental job training program at NNMC’s campus in Española,” SFCC’s Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. said. “This program is designed to provide unemployed and underemployed New Mexicans with technical training and certifications that employers often require, but were not readily available in northern New Mexico. Graduates of this program have been in high demand from regional and national employers.”

NNMC’s President Rick Bailey, Ph.D. added, “All of us at Northern are grateful to Santa Fe Community College for providing this amazing opportunity for our community. We are proud to partner with them to host this free job training program. Our deepest thanks go to President Cervantes, Janet Kerley and Evelyn Gonzales for their leadership and commitment to providing opportunities in our valley."

The May 2019 training sessions will be conducted on the Española campus of Northern New Mexico College, with SFCC’s nationally ranked EPA workforce development program providing instruction. Training costs for unemployed, underemployed, or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program will be covered by an Environmental Protection Agency grant.

Graduates of the program will receive federal and state recognized certifications such as, but not limited to: Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), 40 hour; CPR and first aid; fork lift operator, and OSHA Construction Standards, 30 hour.

Applicants must meet the following criteria: be able to attend all five weeks, be 18 or older, be able to lift at least 30 pounds, be unemployed, underemployed or low-income (see guidelines on the website). Veterans are encouraged to apply. Space is limited and applicants are accepted on a first-come, first- served basis.

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for job placement assistance. Most entry-level positions offer benefits with an average starting wage between $12 and $16 per hour.

Find out more about the program and apply on line at: https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/environmental-job-training/. This program is supported by the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant (JT-01F39901-0). 

For additional information, contact Janet Kerley at janet.kerley@sfcc.edu or call Evelyn Gonzales at 505.428.1866.

For more than 30 years, 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” and a “2015 Military Friendly” school. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit sfcc.edu or call 505.428.1000.

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