Environmental Technical Training Program

Upcoming Session

The community of Lawrence is beginning to re-imagine itself with a bright green future. The historic mills and buildings along Lawrence’s waterfront and other sites across the city are being renovated and transformed, turned into new space for businesses to grow and people to live. The key to developing this bright green future for Lawrence is to develop a workforce with the skills needed to address the environmental challenges that Lawrence faces.

Groundwork Lawrence, in partnership with the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board turned these environmental challenges into opportunities. The Environmental Technical Training Program provides the critical skills, awareness and certifications necessary for participants to gain employment in the fields of Brownfields Remediation and Hazardous Materials Handling, Storm Water Management, and Asbestos Initial Worker, and OSHA HAZWOPER.

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Picture4.png Program Participant Cycle 1: Graham Parnaby of Methuen, MA Statement: Graham has developed a great appreciation for the natural environment and a personal goal of developing a career in the environmental consulting and wetland science field. After successfully completing the Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP), Graham secured a position with the DCR as Park Ranger in the nearby Harold Parker State Forest. The training Graham received in sustainable site work, low impact development and storm water management gave him the edge he needed to land the job. Job: Forest Ranger Harold Parker State Forest located in North Andover, MA Graham 2.JPG
Picture1.png Program Participant Cycle 3: Enrique Chavez of Methuen, MA Statement: Enrique is a dedicated professional with experience in manufacturing, building maintenance and carpentry, with a strong interest in seeking opportunities to use his strengths in the field of environmental remediation. The new skills and certifications gained from his enrollment in ETTP will allow him to further his focus and professionalism. He recently started work with Cruz Environmental and we have confidence that his career in the environmental remediation industry will keep growing. Job: Cruz Environmental Services, LLC. Lead Abatement Worker Enrique.JPG
Picture3.png Program Participant Cycle 3: Ivan Torres of Andover, MA Statement: Ivan has years of professional experience in the food services industry that includes an entrepreneurial venture in starting his own restaurant. He is now moving into the construction industry and with Ivan’s new skills and updated resume, he has successfully landed a job as a site superintendent for a major real estate management company based in Bedford, MA. Job: Site Superintendent with the Dartmouth Group Boston Ivan.JPG
Picture2.png Program Participant Cycle 2: Juan Ruiz of Lawrence, MA Statement: Juan has a background in youth development and recreation from his work as program director of the Haverhill Boys and Girls Club and an associate’s degree in Business from NECC that compliment his strong bilingual skills in Spanish and English. His goal is to enter the environmental field and grow with a company into a management or supervisory roll. This October, he is putting his training to work as a Lead Abatement Technician. He was hired by a North Andover demolition contractor full-time and the position offers the opportunity to earn a solid wage and to grow with the company. Job: Field Technician/ Laborer with SMS Services North Andover, MA Juan.JPG

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The Environmental Technical Training Program ran as an intensive 5-Week, 40 hour per week course that balances classroom lecture and discussion with active hands on indoor and outdoor field exercise. This balanced approach to lecture and hands on training creates a fun, mentally stimulating and supportive learning environment. The program included 9 highly sought after certifications and trainings including: Asbestos Abatement, Lead Abatement, OSHA 40 and more. These training are often required for employment and are expensive and time consuming to obtain individually. For the entry-level participant of the program, these trainings served as the start of a new career in a growing field. For the seasoned worker these trainings could also provide critical certifications to enhance a resume and lead to new opportunities and advancement. The training was FREE to unemployed or underemployed residents of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley. INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING EARNED DURING PROGRAM • ASBESTOS WORKER 32-Hour • OSHA 40-HOUR HAZWOPER (Safe hazardous materials handling training) • OSHA-10 HOUR (Construction safety training) • CONFINED SPACE ENTRY TRAINING • FALL PROTECTION • LEAD WORKER 24-HOUR • SUSTAINABLE SITES • MACC EROSION & SEDIMENTATION 


BROWNFIELD & ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION In some of the buildings and surrounding landscapes of historic industrial cities such as Lawrence, pollutants arising from historic industrial practices can be found. These former industrial sites are often called Brownfields. Prior to site redevelopment these pollutants need to be addressed or “remediated”, providing a wide range of employment opportunities. To learn more about Brownfields


STORMWATER MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING From current problems of street flooding and polluted runoff during heavy rains, to the potential for more intense storms caused by climate change, Stormwater is becoming a growing issue with an industry developing to help manage it. To learn more about Stormwater and Low Impact Development(LID)




About the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board The Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board serves as the oversight and policy-making body for federally funded employment and training services in the region. The MVWIB provides these services to the following fifteen (15) cities and towns: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimack, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury. About the Valleyworks Career Center The ValleyWorks Career Center (VWCC) is a One-Stop career center, providing a wide range of services to job seekers and businesses, youth to adults in the Merrimack Valley. With accessible resources ranging from a Job Corps office to staff from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) all available under one roof the VWCC is the One-Stop for all your career development and employment needs. Whatever your needs, career counseling, labor market information and assistance are available to you to help you meet your short- and long-term employment goals