Cleaning up hazardous waste is a dangerous job and requires special training in order to handle the toxic materials. Saint Louis Community College will soon be conducting such training on campus, thanks to nearly $200,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Plans for the funds involve graduating 81 students as qualified handlers of hazardous waste, place 55 of said graduates in environmental jobs, and keep track of these graduates for one year.
The college will recruit residents of Saint Louis City and County, East Saint Louis, and surrounding counties in Illinois who are either unemployed, low income, or receive public assistance. Recruits will receive more than 200 hours of instruction in courses including environmental technology, chemical hazards and blood borne pathogens.
More information can be found at the EPA website: www.epa.gov.