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MEDIA ADVISORY: Obama Administration Official to Announce 2016 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants at Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC)

Contact Information: 
U.S. EPA: Soledad Calvino ( calvino.maria@epa.gov)
LACC: Kea Duggan (kduggan@lacorps.org)
213-362-9000 Ext.215

SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow, on Thursday, May 12, U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management Mathy Stanislaus will join Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ CEO, Wendy Butts, and Deputy Director of Operations, Bo Savage, to observe LACC’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training course. A group of 25 students from LACC’s Environmental Job Training Program will demonstrate procedures for safely handling hazardous materials and emergency response techniques. For 17 years, LACC has worked with EPA to train unemployed adults in Environmental Justice communities in hazardous waste, asbestos and lead removal.  LACC has trained more than 460 individuals and placed over 80% of those trained in living wage jobs in the environmental field.

Following the HAZWOPER training, Assistant Administrator Stanislaus will hold a press conference to announce the 2016 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants.

U.S. EPA’s EWDJT grants fund training programs in local communities that provide unemployed and under-employed, including veterans, minority, and predominately low income individuals, with the comprehensive skills, training and certifications needed to enter full-time careers in the environmental field. 

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management
Bo Savage, Deputy Director of Operations, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Wendy Butts, CEO, Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Keisha Miles, Young Adult Corps, Local 5 Union for Insulation Systems
Tony Magallanes, Director, Southern California Heat and Frost Insulators, Firestoppers and Allied Workers Apprenticeship Program

WHAT: Tour of the HAZWOPER training course and National Press Conference.  Video/photo opportunities during the training event and during interviews with officials after the press conference. 

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016. Press should arrive by 8:45 am for check in.
            9 – 9:30 am: Tour of the HAZWOPER training
            9:30 – 10 am: Press conference

WHERE: Los Angeles Conservation Corp (LACC)
             Northeast LA Training Center
             1400 North Spring Street, Los Angeles
             Parking: Parking lot behind the LACC training center corner of Spring & Ann Streets. Street parking is also available.

RSVP: Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, please contact Soledad Calvino, calvino.maria@epa.gov, 415-972-3512.

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