Worker Training Program

Our Worker Training Program has served the community for over 28 years through programs funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 

Through our unique Training Consortium, we conduct programs designed to provide model occupational safety and health training for workers.

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Our Team

Kim Dunn
Technical Training Director, Worker Training Program
Dr. Nicole Ford
Assistant Director of Operations & Training
Bruce McClue
Technical Training Mgr., Worker Training Program
Barbara Shelby
Wrap Around Service Facilitator, Worker Training Program

In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) 

ECWTP delivers comprehensive training to those in disadvantaged & underserved communities for occupations in areas of environmental remediation.  These areas include among others, environmental restoration, OSHA, construction, weatherization, hazardous materials / waste handling and emergency response.

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)

HWWTP works in partnership with unions, first responders, city governments, and small and minority business among others, to ensure that workers become and remain certified – so that workers are active participants in improving work site safety conditions.  

By the Numbers

Years of Training


Job Placement

Program Graduates Placed in Jobs


Classes Delivered

Our worker training takes place at 4 sites delivering comprehensive worker training to increase the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged minority adults employed in the fields of environmental restoration, hazardous materials and construction. 

Training Sites:

  • Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice at TSU (Houston, TX)
  • Green Door Initiative (Detroit, MI)
  • Unity in the Family Ministry (Pensacola, FL)

Worker Training Program News

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice to offer free Environmental Career Worker Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2023 Contact: NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Deep South Center for Environmental (DSCEJ) is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) which will begin on January 8th and...

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Celebrates Environmental Career Worker Training Graduation

For Immediate Release May 16, 2023 New Orleans, LA –  The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is pleased to celebrate the graduation of the Spring 2023  Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWT) class. This program focuses on delivering...

Environmental Career Worker Spring Graduation

May 7, 2018- The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) Spring 2018 Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) was held at 9801 Lake Forest Blvd in New Orleans East, February 15 - April 28, 2018. The twelve-week training consisted of a six-week...

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