Specific Program Accomplishments
Worker Education and Training Program
For the past ten years in urban communities throughout the U.S., the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) has successfully trained underserved minorities through programs at the CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Dillard University - formerly Xavier University, OAI - formerly National Puerto Rican Forum, Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund, Jackson State University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The main goal of this program is to provide young adults with a vigorous training program that eventually leads to productive employment. After ten years 3,166 participants have been successfully trained in worker health and safety for construction and environmental cleanup work. Of those trained, 2,110 are employed representing an overall job placement rate of 67%.
The five programs during the period of September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2005 provided training to 277 students in 9 cities: Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two locations in New York, Manhattan and the Bronx; Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California; and Washington, DC. 205 of these trainees are gainfully employed, primarily in the construction and environmental fields which represents an 74% job placement rate.
Courses taken by the students ranged from Life Skills to tiered Environmental Technician training for a total of 175 courses representing 93,452 contact hours of training. Each program developed specialized training programs specific to the workforce needs in their geographic area; however, hazardous materials and waste training remained the primary core curriculum. New or modified training added this year included radiation worker, commercial drivers' license, and hazmat transportation training.
Life Skills training is a supportive service tailored to the individual's needs. The services might include remedial mathematics tutoring, budget counseling and cash management, life situational counseling and job readiness skills. These help prepare the students to take apprenticeship and employment examinations, as well as pass the environmental examinations leading to certifications in lead abatement, asbestos abatement, and hazardous waste operations. For a detailed description of all program accomplishments, please go to Minority Worker Training Accomplishments report.