Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training-Core Skills Program (RACEJT-CS)
APPLICATION INFORMATION and INSTRUCTIONS
See below for filling out the application online, but if you need a hard copy version, click here.
The RACEJT-CS program provides environmental job training to increase local rural community employment in contaminated site cleanup, waste management, and other environmental and “green industry” jobs. It is our goal to have a trained, environmental technician in every rural Alaska community.
RACEJT-CS program is aligned with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Occupational Endorsement for Rural Waste Management and Spill Response Technician. Students will be concurrently earning eight of the required ten college credits needed to complete the University’s Endorsement.
Applicants are required to commit to the full seven weeks of the program.
- In-class time will vary from three to six hours per day, for 5-6 days each week, averaging four hours per day, five days per week.
- Up to eight hours of weekly homework.
- Classes will be a mix of live phone calls and recorded video presentations.
- Attendance is required for every class.
- Being on-time is required for every class.
- Zero Tolerance for Substance Abuse.
Scheduled Session Dates: April 14 - May 28, 2021
- HAZWOPER 40 hr
- Confined Space Entry
- Solid Waste Management
- Rural Landfill Operator-RALO
- Refrigerant Removal
- DOT Hazmat Regulation
- Water and Soil Sampling
- Job Readiness Skills
- Hazardous Backhaul
Applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday, February 5, 2021 to be considered.
Must be a resident of a rural Alaska Native community (defined as 30% or greater Alaska Native population).
Must be 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor.
Must be unemployed or under-employed (working no more than 20 hours/week average in prior year).
Must be able to attend the full seven weeks of training and adhere to the zero-tolerance policy.
Must have a high school diploma or GED or obtain a GED by January 5th, 2021.
Much of the environmental work for which you will be trained requires heavy lifting and working outdoors. You must be physically fit, able to work in confined spaces, and able to wear a respirator mask. If you are you unable to perform heavy lifting or other essential job functions but have an employer who is willing to hire you then you may submit an employer letter stating this, and you will still qualify for the program. Letters must be received by February 5th, 2021.
Must provide 2 completed personal reference forms. Reference forms are provided in this application packet.
RACEJT-CS funders require a copy of your social security card. Therefore, if accepted, you must provide a copy. If you do not have a copy you will need to begin the process of attaining one immediately. The RACEJT-CS application contains the required application to apply for a copy of your social security card for your convenience.
A potential job lined up is not a requirement of the program. We will assist you with job placement if needed. However, you will be given priority acceptance if you meet the below guidelines.
Must have full access, and ability to use exclusively, a phone during daytime hours of 8 am-4 pm, Mondays through Saturdays
Must have the ability to email or text pictures as part of certain projects.
Must provide permission for instructors and fellow students to communicate with you via text for purposes of RACEJT-CS
Must refrain from using students and instructors cell phone numbers for any purpose other than RACEJT-CS
GAINING PROGRAM PRIORITY ACCEPTANCE:
To obtain priority for program acceptance, you need to identify a specific job position for which an employer will hire you once you are trained.
To document this job, you must arrange for your potential employer to attend your phone interview (described below). If this is not possible, you must provide a letter from your prospective employer (i.e. Tribal or City Council member, project contractors, corporations, etc.) that recommends you to the program and confirms that they or a project contractor will hire you following the completion of the training program.
Do you work 20 hours or less per week currently? You will receive priority if your employer can commit to increasing your wage and/or increasing the number of hours you work upon completion of the training. Your employer must attend your phone interview (described below) or furnish a letter by February 5th, 2021 that confirms their plan for an hour or wage increase.
Step 1: Attend one of the following informational calls using the call-in number below. These phone sessions are very helpful and serve to answer any questions or concerns:
- January 14th, 10 am - 11 am
- January 19th, 10 am - 11 am
- January 22nd, 10 am - 11 am
- January 29th, 12 pm - 1 pm
- February 4th, 12 pm - 1 pm
Phone Number: 1-800-309-2350; Passcode: 52626#
Step 2: Submit your completed application form on or before the application deadline of Friday, February 5th, 2021 using one of the following methods:
Online submittal: COMPLETE THIS FORM
Or Email: Print out the application here and email a completed copy to the RACEJT Program Manager: April Reed-McCoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Fax the printed application to:1-877-335-6780 / Attention RACEJT-CS
Or Take pictures of each page and text to: 907-717-4754
You will receive back a receipt of confirmation. If you do not receive a receipt within 48 hours, please call or text April at 907-717-4754.
Step 3: Make sure the two people filling out your personal reference forms also submit the forms by the application deadline of February 5th, 2021. Reference forms and their instructions may be found HERE
Step 4: Call-in for a short, required telephone interview that we will schedule with you once we receive your application. The interview process is described below.
Step 5: We plan to end the selection process by March 4th and if selected, you will be notified and invited to attend RACEJT-CS on or before March 5th, 2021. If accepted, we will work with you to complete the final program requirements.
If you are eligible for RACEJT, you will be contacted within 5 business days of application receipt to schedule a phone interview. The interview will last 20-30 minutes and will consist of basic, non-technical questions. The purpose of this interview is to see if RACEJT-CS is good fit for you.
If you have a potential employer, please arrange for them to attend the call. If your future employer cannot attend the interview, they must provide us a letter stating their commitment to hire you. This letter is due no later than February 5th, 2021. Without employer attendance or a commitment letter, you will receive a lower-ranked score. If you have questions concerning this policy, please contact us.
To screen everyone and complete the selection process by March 4th, 2021, we need to contact you right away to schedule your phone interview. It is critical to provide a working contact number or message phone to reach you.
RACEJT-CS is an excellent training opportunity that is demanding of your time and requires a personal commitment to, and focus on, learning new skills. Attending the required phone call, described above in Step 1, will help you know what to expect during the application process and what to expect during the training program. If you have access to the internet, we also recommend viewing the factsheets, Employer Sample Letter, Frequently Asked Questions, and other RACEJT-CS resources atwww.zendergroup.org/racejt.htmlYou may also text or call April McCoy at the phone number and/or email below:
April McCoy, Program Manager
****Application Deadline is Friday, February 5th, 2021. ****
The application and references must be submitted by then.
If they are late, you will not be eligible for the program.
Thank you for your interest in this program.