GRCC Workforce Training offering lead abatement program, providing skills in an in-demand field

Sept. 11, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a special training program for lead abatement, providing an opportunity for people to gain skills in an in-demand career.

The 40-hour program will offer training in the many measures used to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. This GRCC program for lead abatement will prepare you for the State of Michigan Lead Certification exam.

“Lead removal skills are in demand in the Grand Rapids area right now, with a shortage of people with this certification,” said Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of Workforce Training. “We’re providing an opportunity for training for a good career that keeps our communities safer by removing lead.”

Lead abatement training is required for contractors who perform lead abatement work. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations provide a framework for lead abatement, risk assessment, and inspections.

The state certification is valid for one year and can be renewed annually. The state requires people to take a one-day refresher course every three years.

The cost of the specialized training is $25 for people living in the city of Grand Rapids, and $980 for others. The city resident fee is subsidized through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

People must have a high school diploma or GED to take part in the training.

Classes are scheduled to meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 22, 29, and 30.

Call GRCC Workforce Training at (616) 234-3800 to sign up for training or request additional information.

Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college -- and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

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