A graduation ceremony for EPA grant job-training program participants is 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 12, at Biowall atrium area in the Health and Sciences Building, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
A video of the Spill Drill Exercise will be presented by Kody Productions. The program will have 18 graduates: Four women (22 percent), 14 men (78 percent). Regional dignitaries have been invited to attend.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Of Note: Graduates will receive certifications in the following: Forklift Operator, Solid Waste Awareness (8 hours), Hazardous Waste Management: RCRA (16 hours), OSHA Construction Standards (30 hours), Environmental Assessments (24 hours), Environmental Sampling (16 hours), Confined Space Entry (8 hours), DOT Hazmat (16 hours) and First Aid/CPR/AED
In addition, all graduates received: 10 hours of Career Readiness: Resume Preparation, Interviewing Skills, Employment Resources in NM provided by NM Workforce Solutions Thaddeus (Ted) Lech and SFCC Career Readiness by SFCC Senior Career Services Coordinator Patty Armstrong. Meow Wolf and the NM Environment Department participated in an Employers Panel on what employers seek in applicants and opportunities in the environmental profession in NM. Jay Stimmel, NM OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist presented information about accidents in NM during the OSHA Standards class.
Most of the graduates will be volunteering for the City of Santa Fe Household Hazardous Waste Collection on November 10 to assist the City in proper handling and disposal of household chemicals.
Additional Facts: 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. Average number of jobs listed for environmental or hazardous material technician on job boards (Indeed.com) range from 83 to 233 jobs per week for New Mexico.