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Donald W. Kohler
Vice-President of Marketing & Public Relations
2700 College Rd. Box 4-C
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
(712) 325-3262 or 1-800-432-5852, ext. 3262
December 4, 2012
Iowa Western Receives Grant for Environmental and Green Training
Council Bluffs, Iowa - In October 2012, Iowa Western received a three year $200,000 EPA Workforce and Job Training grant to provide environmental and green training to unemployed and underemployed individuals from Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. This Green Environmental Training Program will provide relevant training linked to local and regional industry needs with the goal of protecting the environment, health and property of environmentally impacted Iowa and Nebraska neighborhoods. Iowa Western collaborated closely with community partners in the development of this program, including the City of Council Bluffs, Heartland Workforce Solutions, Council Bluffs Workforce Development, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partner, Heartland Workforce Solutions, North Omaha Contractors Alliance and B2 Environmental.

Available at no cost, participants of the Green Environmental Training Program will complete an intensive seven week/260-hour training focused on both environmental remediation trainings and new green job opportunities. At the completion of this program trainees will earn five federal certificates in OSHA Hazwoper, OSHA Construction, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Safe Renovator and Asbestos Remediation. Other regional and local topics/certifications include weatherization, mold remediation, underground storage tanks, construction debris recycling, CPR/first aid and storm water management.

Individuals completing this program will be expected after training to find employment. Job placement will be provided by the many collaborating partners and a job placement specialist for this program. The job placement specialist will link trainees to job openings. Nationwide 81% of individuals who complete similar programs have found employment with the average pay at $16 per hour.

Iowa Western’s Green Environmental Program will have two sessions starting in the spring; the first session on January 28, 2013 and the second session on April 8, 2013. Only 15-20 individuals will be selected to attend each class session. Individuals who are interested in this program must fill out an application and go through an interview process. Applicants will have to submit to a drug test before starting the program. Applicants who are unemployed or underemployed will have priority. To apply please visit:, email or call Matt Mancuso at 712-325-3448.