Worker Training Program
On December 10, 2019, NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) grantees attended a joint meeting with grantees from the U.S. EPA's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program at the California Community Foundation campus in Los Angeles, California.
The meeting provided an opportunity for NIEHS and EPA grantees to network and discuss current safety, training, and workforce development issues. Topics of discussion during concurrent breakout sessions included emerging climate issues, disaster preparedness and resiliency, apprenticeship models, wage theft, records management, and many others.
The joint ECWTP/EWDJT meeting served as a kickoff for the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the remainder of the week. On December 12, during the Brownfields session titled #lifechange: Environmental Career Worker Training Programs, grantees and partnering organizations with the Western Region Universities Consortium and OAI, Inc. shared innovative approaches that are being used to address workforce training and economic development in Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois. The session sparked lots of interesting discussion amongst attendees, specifically on developing an equitable and safe workforce, building sustainable partnerships, and creating new career paths in renewable energy and solar installation.
NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) Meeting
December 10, 2019 • 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
|8:45 – 9:30 a.m.||Welcome and Introductions
NIEHS Welcome: Sharon D. Beard, M.S. and Chip Hughes, M.P.H., NIEHS
UCLA WRUC Welcome: Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Introductions and NIEHS Update (1MB): Sharon D. Beard, M.S., NIEHS
|9:30 – 10:30 a.m.|| UCLA WRUC Presentation (2MB)
Overview: Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles and Butch de Castro, Ph.D., Universty of Washington
ECWTP: Yodit Semu, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ready to Work (1MB)
DeAndrea Lottier-Ross, Janel Bailey, LaTonya Harris, Mindy Garland, Los Angeles Black Worker Center
|10:30 – 11:30 a.m.||ECWTP Accomplishments/Outcomes
NIEHS ECWTP and U.S. EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Joint Meeting
December 10, 2019 • 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
|12:30 – 1:30 p.m.|| NIEHS Worker Health and Safety Training Programs (3MB)
Presenters: Sharon D. Beard, M.S. and Chip Hughes, M.P.H., NIEHS; Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
|1:40 – 2:40 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions
Disaster/Emergency Response Training and OSHA Updates
Session Facilitators: John Morgan, Hazardous Materials Training & Research Institute; Bruce McClue, III, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Emerging Environmental and Construction Training Issues
Session Facilitators: Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; Howard Hipes, Michigan Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers / CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training; Eric Shanks, Cypress Mandela Training Center
Keeping It Real
Presenter: Victor Narro, University of California, Los Angeles
Session Facilitator: Sharon D. Beard, M.S., NIEHS
|2:45 – 3:30 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions
Training for Wildfire Recovery, Cleanup, and Resiliency (3MB)
Presenter: Kevin Riley, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Student Record Keeping/Retention and Post Graduate Tracking
Session Facilitators: Everett Kilgo, D.Min., New York City District Council of Carpenters; Elaine Rodriquez, JobTrain; Susan Seaquist, M.S., MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Development Board
New Emerging Workforce Development Initiative
The Equity, Climate, and Jobs Framework and the High Road Training Partnership
Presenters: Avin Sharma, J.D., Port of Los Angeles; Lola Smallwood and Katherine Cabrera, University of California, Los Angeles
Session Facilitator: Yodit Semu, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
2019 National Brownfields Training Conference
December 12, 2019 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Mollie Dowling, M.A., OAI, Inc.
- Yodit Semu, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
- Steve Surtees, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training