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Zender Environmental Health & Research Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (‘RaceJT’)

The purpose of the RACEJT program is to provide environmental training and employment for unemployed residents in rural communities impacted by environmental health issues.

RACEJT 2022 begins March 14th. Applications have reopened for a limited time.

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RACEJT provides environmental job training for unemployed or under-
employed residents in rural Alaska communities of less than 1,500 people. Scholarships are available to make the training free to all of our students.

Are you interested in finding environmental related work within your community or region? RACEJT can give you the boost you need by providing the basic technical and job readiness skills that employers seek. How do we know this? Because we ask those employers and form our program classes and job skills experience around those needs.

And RACEJT works…

Set of Courses Offered

While there are regular core classes, the RACEJT program of study is finalized each year with input from rural Alaska employers, with local hire goals in the environmental field. In this way, we maximize employment opportunities for our graduates. At this time, RACEJT offers two programs – one in-person and one virtual. Only one program is offered each year. Based on the COVID-19 pandemic status, an assessment in February is made as to whether classes can be held safely in-person in Anchorage.

RACEJT-FL (in-person): The full RACEJT Program — RACEJT-FL is an intensive in- residence training held in Anchorage each Spring. It consists of 2 two-week sessions with an interim 10-day break. Graduates obtain 15 skills certifications and earn 10 college credits through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, earning an Occupational Endorsement as a Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and Emergency Response Technician.

Click here to see the List of Classes & Certifications.

RACEJT-CS (virtual only): We also offer a pared down, 8-credit Core Skills Program, RACEJT-CS, which covers the fundamental skills needed for rural community environmental technician work. RACEJT-CS is a remote learning program allowing students to stay in their home communities while learning job skills. It takes place over 7 weeks during the Spring and is employed in the case of COVID-19 travel restrictions or high state case numbers community transmission.

Click here to see the List of Classes & Certifications.

2022 RACEJT Cycle Dates & Location

Dates: March 22nd – April 5th AND April 19th – May 2nd
Location: Anchorage, travel, lodging, and food scholarships available.


RACEJT-CS is held instead of RACEJT-FL depending on pandemic conditions.
Dates: March 14th – April 29th
Location: Distance learning. Student home or community office.