ACEF’s Environmental Workforce Job Training Program

In September 2014, the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation (ACEF) held its last round of EPA training classes under the grant it was awarded back in 2012. One of the participants was Nathan Spangler. Mr. Spangler lost his job in the earlier part of 2014, and struggled to find gainful employment. Here’s a snippet from Sync Weekly, where he had the chance to share his story:

About two months ago, Spangler, 37, landed a job clearing asbestos from old buildings. He got the job after completing Careerlink classes at The Church at Rock Creek, where he learned resume writing and interviewing skills. He also participated in the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation’s Environmental Workforce Job Training Program, where he obtained 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Safety and other credentials.Sync Weekly

On October 1, 2012, the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation (ACEF) was awarded a $200,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to train homeless, unemployed and underemployed individuals for jobs in environmental remediation.

The four-week, 124-hour job training program will have five training cycles in 2013 and 2014. Trainees graduate from the ACEF Environmental Workforce Training Program with the following credentials under their belt:

  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER
  • 32-Hour Asbestos Worker
  • Confined Space Entry
  • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Program
  • Underground Storage Tank Leak Awareness
  • Your Role in the Green Environment
  • Awareness of Green Supervision Practices

To participate in this career opportunity, please call Brenda Winston (Little Rock Workforce Center) at (501) 682-8038 or ACEF at (501) 372-1590 or (800) 240-2730. Contact us online.

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