WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee:
Target Training Populations
Mississippi River Chemical Corridor (New Orleans - Baton Rouge):
Detroit, Michigan Area Training:
Savannah Target Community:
The HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Consortium will consist of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University (DU/DSCEJ) in New Orleans, Louisiana in partnership with the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University (CAU/EJRC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and in collaboration with Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (SUBR), the Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) in Savannah, Georgia, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), and union organizations, minority-owned and institutional based training providers, and local, state, and federal agencies to implement a five-year Minority Worker Training Program. The main goals of the program are to: (1) build the capacity of community-based organizations; (2) provide socio-economically disadvantaged community residents, 18 years of age or older, with the skills needed to work with businesses and contractors involved in environmental remediation; (3) work in partnership with unions that offer apprenticeship programs; and (4) develop the capacity of HBCU academic institutions (DU, CAU, SUBR) to deliver technically sound worker health and safety education and training. The multi-site training program will be implemented in three (3) states and in two regions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) - Region IV and Region VI. DU/DSCEJ will have overall responsibility for the administrative and fiscal management of all program activities. DU/DSCEJ will also provide direct services and will oversee activities conducted at the training sites located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. CAU/EJRC will provide direct services and will oversee activities conducted at the training site located in Savannah, Georgia. This project represents a unique opportunity to link historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community-based organizations (CBOs), community colleges, high schools, unions with apprenticeship programs, and government agencies, with the overall goal of improving urban environments, promoting community involvement, and creating a work force of trained community residents ready to assist government, businesses, and contractors in the environmental remediation of communities.
Dillard University under the Minority Worker Training Program will implement a multi-site (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Detroit and Savannah) training plan, designed to provide construction and environmental training to eighty (80) socio-economically disadvantaged community residents each year, for a total of four hundred (400) community residents trained at the end of the five-year cooperative agreement. Residents will be 18 years old or older and will be recruited from targeted environmentally challenged communities, located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; Savannah, GA; and Detroit, MI. The program will involve seven major components implemented over a 12-month training period. The major program components are: (1) Program Planning; (2) Outreach and Recruitment; (3) Basic Skills Training; (4) Technical Training; (5) On-the-Job Training/Community Service; (6) Job Development and Placement Assistance and Tracking; (7) Quality Control and Evaluation.
Other Participating Organizations