By: Tony McCray
Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May paid a visit to Unity in the Family Ministry’s (UITFM) training center at 615 N. “W” Street in the Brownsville area of West Pensacola last week and encouraged the trainees to continue their quest for new job opportunities. During the visit Dr. Avant, the CEO of Unity, thanked Commissioner May for his assistance in helping the non-profit corporation to receive a donation of twelve computers from the county.
The six week basic skills phase of the twelve week training program ended on February 19th and the technical training curriculum began on February 22nd for the Environmental Careers Worker Training Program. There are twenty-five students remaining in the program which started with thirty-two participants. The program provides training for individuals in asbestos, lead, construction, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).
Dr. Calvin Avant, the owner of Unity in the Family Ministry, welcomed Bruce McClue, III, from Dillard University, to conduct the technical training phase of the program. McClue holds a degree in Chemistry from Dillard University and owns a consulting firm called BMC3 Environmental Services based in Slidell, Louisiana. The first six weeks focused on basic and soft skill worker training such as Job Readiness, Math, Physical Fitness, HazMat, Study Skills, Computer Training, and Environmental Justice. In this next phase Dr. Avant reported to the Pensacola Voice that the technical training is designed for the worker to have a career in safety and public health and that they will receive a total of 96 hours of training as described below:
40 hours of HazWoper training is designed to help the trainee find work in areas such as Superfund Sites, Brownfields, Waste Disposal Plants, Chemical Plants, Natural Disasters and Emergency Response Companies
32 hours in Asbestos Removal is required to work at Asbestos Abatement Companies to remove asbestos hazards from schools, public, and older buildings;
16 hours in Lead Abatement course is designed to help the trainee remove lead-based paint hazards that affect pregnant women and children under the age of six. Lead can cause irreversible health problems such learning disabilities;
10 hours of OSHA training is needed for safety and health on all construction sites and other workplaces. For more information about registration to participate in the next training program, contact Dr. Avant at (850) 748-0675.