The Environmental Workforce Training Program assists unemployed and underemployed residents of northeastern Pennsylvania acquire new skills that may lead to entry-level jobs in surveying, construction, and environmental cleanup fields.

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The EWT Program is a free, 233-hour, 3-month training program focusing on surveying and hazardous cleanup skills and technologies, offered to area residents through the support of Earth Conservancy and its partners.

The program has been made possible by generous grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the PPL Foundation.

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In order to apply to the EWT Program, you’ll need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

Resident of northeastern Pennsylvania • High school graduate or GED-holder • Aged 18 or older • US citizen or authorized worker • Unemployed, underemployed, or dislocated worker • Hold a valid driver’s license • Have reliable transportation • Have email access • Consent to background check and drug test • Like to work outdoors in all conditions • Possess strong math skills • Able to perform tasks involving physical labor • Able to commit to full 3-month program • Agree to one year of follow-up interviews

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If you’re eligible, download and complete the application below.  You may need to save it to your computer to use the fillable fields.  Once finished, you can either mail it to Earth Conservancy at 101 South Main Street, Ashley, PA 18706, Attention: Dr. Elizabeth W. Hughes; or email it to [email protected]  Please note: Veterans receive preferred entry.

2021 EWT Program Application

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Instruction for the EWT Program is coordinated by Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Office of Continuing Education.  Together with EC and the Surveying Engineering department, they have developed a practical, hands-on curriculum for participants – a $6046 value.  Courses include:

Introduction to Brownfields • Surveying Field Assistant • Basic Land Surveying Techniques • AutoCAD, Level I • GIS for Resource Conservation • Environmental Sampling • OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER • OSHA 10-Hour Safety • First Aid/CPR • Technical Writing

Classes are held over three months at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Dallas, PA, with classes beginning February 3, 2021.  You can the program brocure and last year’s class schedule below.

2021 EWT Program Brochure
2020 EWT Program Course Calendar

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With our partners, we’ll work with you to help find you employment after the program ends.  You’ll leave the EWT Program with

23.3 hours of continuing education credits from the Pennsylvania State University
3 federally-recognized certifications
A professional résumé and cover letter
References and/or a letter of recommendation

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Strong partnerships are the cornerstone of the EWT Program, chief among them Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Surveying Engineering department and Office of Continuing Education.  Additional partners include:

Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board
Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board
Pocono County Workforce Development Board
Northern Tier Regional Planning Development Commission
PA CareerLink®
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
Veterans Resource Coalition of NEPA

Local engineering firms serve on an advisory committee, which includes Barry Isett & Associates, Geo-Science Engineering & Testing, JHA Companies, and SCE Environmental.

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of the Environmental Workforce Training Program. Applications are available for download from this page. To submit an application, or for further questions, contact Elizabeth W. Hughes, EdD, at [email protected].