Green Jobs Training Offered At Wyoming School

Wyoming residents interested in learning new skills to propel them into the green job economy can now take advantage of courses at Casper College. The college is offering Deconstruction & Materials Re-Use training in combination with Lead Renovator (Lead RRP) training.

Students who complete the training will be certified to perform work in accordance with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, which require all firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA. Failure to comply with the new requirements could mean civil fines up to $32,500 per offense and an additional criminal fine of $32,500 plus imprisonment for knowing and willful violations.

Via Casper College

The Deconstruction portion of the course will prepare students to work on projects that use this sustainable and economical alternative to traditional demolition in which up to 90 percent of materials are salvaged for reuse. The combination of classroom practicum and hands-on field training will enable training participants to quickly transition into the expanding green job market.

The training courses are available to all Wyoming residents. As part of a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contractors can receive the certifications for $75 for the Lead RRP or $100 for the Deconstruction course, which also includes OSHA certification.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.