Registration is now open for new Environmental Technician training program. Become job-ready in just 6 weeks
An Environmental Technician at work. Photo courtesy of Walden Associates.
Registration is now open for the new 6-week Environmental Technician training program offered by Nassau BOCES Adult Education. A gateway to a career in a critically important field, the program represents an unusual partnership with Hofstra University and the federal and state governments to apply the goals of economic development, social resiliency and environmental sustainability.
Students will receive training in emergency response performance and the mitigation of environmental hazards. They will complete OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER training that addresses topics such as hazardous waste operation, teamwork for environmental emergencies, health, and safety codes, along with exploration of employment and career pathways.
“The job market is flooded with openings, especially in the wake of COVID, and the Environmental Technician’s role is vitally important. They are on the forefront of helping to maintain the health and safety of all communities across our region,” says Michele Cohen, Principal of Nassau BOCES Adult Education. “We’re happy to be able to collaborate with our partners in to offering this course.”
The program also has partnered with Walden Environmental Engineering, a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm, to teach the class. Walden’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations make them an ideal partner. Several Long Island and metropolitan environmental services companies have jobs posted with Nassau BOCES Adult Education’s Career & Employment Center (CEC) and are ready to hire graduates of this program. The CEC offers employability skills including resume preparation, interviewing skills, and assistance submitting applications. Upon successful completion of this 6-week program, graduates will be job-ready and on a career path.
“Our relationships with Long Island companies allows us to understand their employment needs. In turn, we create unique training programs specific for industry demands,” continues Ms. Cohen. “Our goal is to provide skilled candidates for employment, help local companies hire new talent, and support the regional economy so that businesses strengthen their workforce and can thrive.”
“Hofstra and Nassau BOCES have a long, productive history of educational partnerships in a range of workforce development areas,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, which received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to develop programs related to federally-funded projects to build resiliency along Mill River after the wake of Superstorm Sandy. “As we’ve learned in the wake of Sandy and the Covid-19 pandemic, environmental technician is an important, even life-saving job, that provides a path to a satisfying career.”
To register, visit www.nassauboces.og/adulted or call 516-622-6950.
About Nassau BOCES
A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructures. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit www.nassauboces.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.
About the National Center for Suburban Studies
NCSS is a multi-disciplinary research institution that applies academic rigor and community input to explore suburbia’s problems and promise. Since its inception in 2007, NCSS has established numerous partnerships with governments, businesses, not-for-profits, neighborhood groups and academic institutions with an emphasis on diversity and sustainability. NCSS has worked with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to create research, education and community engagement programs to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Mill River remediation and its impact on region’s economic, social and ecological ecosystems. To learn more, visit www.hofstra.edu/ncss and https://stormrecovery.ny.gov/living-bay