The Redevelopment Authority of Cumberland County has secured an EPA grant to provide three sessions of Environmental Technician Training. The FREE classes are held at Employment Skills Center in Carlisle with select specialized training dates held at HACC’s Harrisburg campus. HACC provides all technical training and instruction while Employment Skills Center provides work-readiness instruction, classroom space, and participant support. The project aims 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 Cumberland County.

Our next session will be held February 26 through April 13, 2018. Our last cohort will be held in the summer of 2018 from June 11 through August 8. 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 certifications:

  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certification
  • Confined Space Entrant/Attendant & Supervisor
  • Lead Based Paint Inspector certification
  • Asbestos Inspector certification
  • OSHA 30 for Construction
  • Forklift 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 Employment Skills Center, 29 South Hanover St., Carlisle Monday, February 26-Thursday, March 1, 2018 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Environmental Technician Training Employment Skills Center, 29 South Hanover St., Carlisle

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

Monday-Friday March 5-April 13, 2018

& Saturday, April 7

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

(12:00 to 12:30 lunch break)

Learn more about the growing field of Environmental Technology here!
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Have questions or need more information? Please contact Margi Weitzel at 717-243-6040 or at

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.

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 View our information session slideshow below:

Environmental Technician Training Spring 2018 from Employment Skills Center