In 2016, the Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County secured a grant to provide Environmental Technician Training to residents in our region. The free classes were hosted by the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle with select specialized training dates held at HACC’s Harrisburg campus. HACC and other industry partners provided technical training and instruction, while Employment Skills Center provided work-readiness instruction, classroom space, and participant support. The goal of the project was to prepare local residents for employment in the redevelopment of Carlisle’s vacant industrial sites (brownfields) and other jobs related to environmental remediation and cleanup throughout the region. The grant period ended in 2019.

There are no trainings scheduled at this time. 

This program is a unique opportunity to develop job skills, earn credentials, and explore the field of environmental science. Graduates of the program will be prepared for a variety of jobs related to the cleanup of environmentally contaminated sites or for further studies in environmental science.

Participant Eligibility Requirements Include:

  • 18 years or older
  • Resident of Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry, or York County
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation
  • Must take basic skills reading and math tests

Application Process:

  • Visit Employment Skills Center, 29 South Hanover St., Carlisle
  • Complete application packet
  • Take reading and math assessments (take approximately 3 hrs.)
  • Complete interview with program coordinator (by appointment)
  • Upon acceptance into program, complete all intake paperwork
  • Space is limited. The most qualified applicants will be admitted to the program.

Those who complete the program will earn the following certification:

  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification

The class will meet according to the following schedule. A detailed syllabus will be provided to students the first day of class.

Class Location Dates Time
Workplace Skills Training Stuart Community Center, 415 Franklin St., Carlisle Monday – Tuesday June 10-11 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Environmental Technician Training Stuart Community Center, 415 Franklin St., Carlisle

***Select dates will be held at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus. There will be additional field trips to local work sites.

Monday-Friday June 12-28 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

(12:00 to 12:30 lunch break)

Learn more about the growing field of Environmental Technology here!
View a snapshot of Environmental Tech careers here!

For more information, please call 717-243-6040.

About the Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training (EWDJT) Program:

Brownfields Job Training or EWDJT grants are funded through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide environmental technician training for residents of brownfields communities.

Between 2008 and 2010, three major industrial sites shut down in Carlisle–the IAC (formerly Masland) factory, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, and Tyco. These closures left 63 acres of vacant and contaminated properties in the northwest quadrant of the borough. Carlisle Borough and the Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County have worked to create a plan to redevelop and revitalize the northwest quadrant of Carlisle. Carlisle Works is an initiative to provide training to residents so they can participate in the redevelopment of their community. Read more about the Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan here.

The Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County (RACC) secured an EWDJT grant from the EPA to provide free Environmental Technician Training to qualified residents. Program partners include RACC; the Borough of Carlisle; HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; Gaito & Associates; and Employment Skills Center.


 View our information session slideshow below:

Environmental Technician Training Spring 2018 from Employment Skills Center