Moving Into the Next Millennium

Over the past five years, Clark Atlanta University's Worker Education and Apprenticeship Job Training Programs have evolved into a training program that is creating lifelong experiences for trainees, instructors, counselors, and program staff. Currently, we have three job training programs that are housed in the Environmental Justice Resource Center's (EJRC) Training Institute. The Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) and the Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP) are both funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta (AHA) funds the Youth Apprenticeship Job Training Program (YAP). Although the programs have their own unique characteristics, they are very similar in scope. The main focus of the programs is to provide trainees with the skills needed to work in the construction and environmental remediation industry.

West Dallas, TX (Environemntal Cleanup)

The Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) is a collaborative effort between Xavier University's Deep South Center of Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and the Laborers-AGC to provide training in Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana. Trainees, between the ages of 18 and 25, are recruited from environmentally impacted communities located in Atlanta and New Orleans. The Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP) recruits trainees that live in brownfields communities located in West Dallas, Texas, and Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. CAU has entered into a partnership agreement with community-based organizations to assist in the implementation of the BMWTP. In Florida, CAU is in partnership with Bass-Dillard Neighborhood Issues and Prevention, Inc., Miami-Dade Community Action Agency, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. The DSCEJ, New Start for Environmental and Economic Justice ("New Start"), and the Laborers-AGC has joined forces with CAU to implement the program in Texas.

The Youth Apprenticeship Job Training Program (YAP) is the Training Institutes newest project. Formed as a collaborative between Clark Atlanta University (CAU), AHA, AHA residents, and the Atlanta and North Georgia Building Trades ("Building Trades"), the program is designed to provide qualified public housing residents, between the ages of 16 and 30, with an opportunity to enter into one of the building trades apprenticeship training programs and start the path to self-sufficiency.

Laborors-AGC Technical Training (Henderson Training Institute)
Environmental Training
Construction Training

Unlike other traditional training programs, the training programs funded by NIEHS and AHA is designed to provide trainees with comprehensive basic academic and GED Preparation, life skills, job readiness, counseling, mentoring, and an overall awareness of safety, health, and environmental justice issues. In addition, the programs provide qualified trainees with assistance to enter into one of the apprenticeship training programs offered by the building trades. Trainees that do not enter into the union apprenticeship training programs are provided ongoing job placement assistance.

Clark Atlanta University- Basic Academic Skills Training
Life Skills/ Team Building Exercise
Basic Academic Skills Training

As of April, 2000, the Training Institute has provided training to over 200 inner-city community residents living in Atlanta, New Orleans, West Dallas, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. The retention rate is 80% and the placement rate is 76% with trainees working with construction and environmental contractors, union contractors, city and county government, and general private industry.

The Training Institute can be contacted at:

Clark Atlanta University
Environmental Justice Resource Center
223 James P. Brawley Dr., SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 880-6911 /

Contact list for Training Institute staff:

Ms. Lisa Sutton, Training Director (404) 880-6608
Ms. Tuere Bowles, Program Manager (404) 880-6706
Ms. Carla Hardnett, Outreach Specialist (404) 880-8063
Ms. Marie Green, Communications Specialist (404) 880-6914