The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) Spring 2019 Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) was held at 9801 Lake Forest Blvd in New Orleans East, January 21 – April 10, 2019. The twelve week training consisted of a six-week basic skills training that utilizes a work-based learning curriculum and six-weeks of technical skills training.

On April 12, 2019, twenty-five (25) aspiring young men  and women graduated from the training receiving certificates in forty (40) hours hazardous waste operator, thirty-two (32) hours Asbestos Abatement Worker, sixteen (16) hours Mold Remediation, sixteen (16) hours Lead Abatement Worker, ten (10) hours OSHA General Industry, forty (40) hours Construction, and forty (40) hours Weatherization Installer.

The graduation ceremony was held at City Park, Park View Terrace. The ceremony featured trophies and gifts for graduates who were recognized for significant achievement by their instructors, counselors, and program staff. Joshua Mitchel was named “Best All Around Student” for his excellent performance in all aspects of the training. The guest speaker this year was, Hakim Kashif, a Motivational Speaker and Life Coach.

Job placement efforts are underway to place graduates into viable and sustainable employment. The DSCEJ has trained young men and women in environmental health and safety for over twenty-four years.

The next New Orleans ECWTP training will be held in the Spring of 2020. The Environmental Career Worker Training Program is funded by the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

For more information about our training, please call 504-272-0956 or visit our website at

Environmental Career Worker Training Program