Harambee House Offers Worker Education and Job Training to Chatham County Residents


The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice CCFEJ) is accepting applications until December 4, 2009 for its 2010 Worker Education and Job Training Program.

CFEJ’s Worker Education and Job Training Program is open to adult men and women aged 18 and older who are interested in receiving green job training skills in construction, HazMat, lead abatement, mold remediation and asbestos removal.

In existence for four years, the Worker Education and Job Training Program has produced 95 graduates with an 87% job placement rate at local environmental remediation, construction and port businesses.

Funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NJEHS) as part of a community-university collaborative with Dr. Robert Bullard of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University (GA); Dr. Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Djllard University (LA); and Dr. Mildred McClain of the Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (GA), the Worker Education and Job Training Program thrives hecause of the continued commitment of a group of Savannah based business, community and governmental partners. The City of Savannah graciously designated St. Pius Family Resource Center (PRC) as the official training facility for CFEJ’s Worker Education and Job Training Program. Local nonprofits like the FRC along with businesses like the Savannah Abatement Service make it possible for CFEJ’s Worker Education and Job Training Program to provide consistent job and life skills training to Chatham County residents. In 2010, CFEJ plans to graduate its fifth class of 20 under-employed and/or unemployed men and women living in Chatham County, In addition to daily job skills training, the Worker Education and Job Training Program participants will receive other services and supports including life and study skills, counseling, job placement, free lunch and transportation cards.

“The Worker Education and Job Training Program is bringing those who did not have opportunity the to gain worker training skills, to see their empowerment and to know that they have skills they can utilize for the rest of their lives; it’s not just about job placement, it’s about people development,” said Rev. Vernell Cutter, the Project Coordinator for CFEJ’s Worker Education and Job Training Program.

The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) is a Savannahbased community nonprofit with over two decades of practice helping people to create safe, healthy communities that promote health, wellness and environmental sustainability.


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