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Detroit Program Puts 79 Low-Income Trainees Through Special Certifications

A program designed to assist unemployed and low-income Detroiters will present 79 graduates with environment construction certifications Friday. mlive-hardhat

The Detroit Environmental Employment Program (DEEP), an environmental remediation program, offers advanced training to help prepare residents to step into well-paying careers.

Participants gain the skills necessary to work in environmental construction and are matched with employers for interviews at the end of an 11-week course.

The 79 graduates will be presented with certificates in various environmental construction and deconstruction classifications, some of which include work readiness, CPR, reducing asbestos and lead, and hazardous site protection, the city announced Thursday.

City officials say some previous graduates went from $9-per-hour jobs to making $21 an hour after completing the course.

Many also received employment opportunities from construction companies in the Metro Detroit area.

The ceremony will be on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Northwest Activities Center, located at 18100 Meyers Road.

The training course is funded with grants through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is offered through Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department and the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation.

Source: MLive Detroit
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