Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program (RACEJT)
Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates!
The purpose of the RACEJT program is to provide environmental training and employment for unemployed residents in rural communities impacted by environmental health issues. The full RACEJT program, which includes in-persion classes, provides a total of four weeks of intensive training, with graduates obtaining 15 certifications and earning 10 college credits through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. RACEJT also offers a new Core Skills program via a remote learning format which takes place over seven weeks, earning participants 8 college credits. Click on the Program Description links below for more information.
The 2021 Rural Alaska Community
Environmental Job Training - Core Skills (RACEJT-CS) Program
Are you from a remote non-hub Alaska community? Do you need training in the environmental health field, so that you are qualified to be a Landfill Operator, Environmental Technician, Emergency Spill Responder, Home Fuel Tank Inspector, Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Lead, Forklift Operator, Water and Soil Sampler, or Backhaul materials specialist? Then this may be the program for you!
EMPLOYERS: Are you an employer with an upcoming project and you are searching for skilled local workers? This program may help you attain your workforce goals. Trainees that have secured jobs once they graduate have priority program acceptance!
STRUCTURE OF RACEJT-CS TRAINING PROGRAM: Seven weeks of virtual training (primarily weekdays), via phone, mailed course materials, and supplied videos.
YR 2021 Tentative Training Dates (You must commit to attending all 7 weeks):
April 14th - May 28th, 2021
- Must be unemployed or under-employed, working no more than 20 hrs pr week
- Must live in a rural village consisting of 30% or more Alaska Native population
- Other eligibility factors are included in the application packet.
Cost: Scholarships are available to help make this a FREE TRAINING for nearly all applicants!!!!
Written Application Due Date: February 5, 2021.
Application Packet and Application Requirements: Read all information and instructions in the Application Packet.
If you have questions, call April McCoy at 717-4754, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional YR 2021 RACEJT Program Information:
2021 Informational Flyer
2021 Informational Flyer Employer Version
2021 RACEJT Course List
List of RACEJT Graduates by Community and Region
RACEJT Portfolio Review of 2012 to 2019 Programs
Whether you are an employer with work projects needing skilled individuals to employ or if you are seeking employment opportunities within your community, we want to hear from you. If this training could benefit you or your community, please contact us with any questions.
April Reed-McCoy, MS
Tel: (907) 717-4754
Fax (efax): (877) 335 6780
RACEJT-CS Class of 2020:
The 2020 training took place in Anchorage, April 7-June 3, 2020 via live phone calls and mailed course materials. Graduation this year, was via live call with a special thank you this year to Deborah Vo, Rural Affairs Coordinator for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, for serving as our keynote speaker. The first RACEJT-CS, class of 2020, offers nine graduates. Currently, eight of those nine are working or have worked since graduating. The one person not yet working is awaiting hire with his village environmental department, currently on lock-down due to covid-19 pandemic.
Some job positions that RACEJT and RACEJT-CS program graduates have attained since completing the training are; Landfill Operator/Manager, Recycling Coordinator, Construction Laborer, Grant Writer, Fire Chief, Spill Responder, Fuel Truck Driver, Heavy Equipment Operator, Day Care Provider, Environmental Coordinator, and more.
Some job positions that RACEJT graduates have attained since completing the training are Landfill Operator/Manager, Recycling Coordinator, Construction Laborer, Grant Writer, Fire Chief, Spill Responder, Fuel Truck Driver, Heavy Equipment Operator, Day Care Provider, Environmental Coordinator, and more.
RACEJT Sponsors and Partners!!
RACEJT is primarily funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska State Department of Labor, and the University of Washington NIEHS Worker Safety Program. It is also made possible through the generous support of all our partners and sponsors.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Municipality of Anchorage
NIEHS Worker Training Program/UW
State of Alaska Job Center
State of Alaska Central Response Team, DEC
State of Alaska Solid Waste Program, ADEC
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
Bear Tooth Theatre & Grill
Solid Waste Assoc of N. America, AK Chapter
Bering Strait Corporation
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
State of AK Spill Prevention Program
Paragon Professional Services
Bethel Environmental Services
Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Sea Lion Corporation
The Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program
I wanted to receive the RACEJT training because it’s a great opportunity to receive certifications which could lead to great jobs and a way to help preserve natural resources/environment for the next generation. Now that I’ve completed the training, I hope to get a job helping a community preserve the natural resources and way of life/culture by better safe practices learned through this training.
-- Shivonne Johnson, Sand Point, 2019 Graduate, as written for the 2019 Graduation Ceremony
-- Clayton Active, Kongiganak, 2019 Graduate, as written for the 2019 Graduation Ceremony
I wanted to receive the RACEJT training because it would help me understand the work I have to carry out safely for our employer. Learn how to use some of the equipment we have and make Kong a cleaner, safer and healthier place to live. Now that I have completed the training, I hope to take home what I have learned here and put my new skills to use for the betterment of our community.