Environmental Technical Training Program

Environmental Technical Training Program (ETTP): Turning Lawrence's Environmental Challenges into Educational & Career Opportunities

Graduates First Class, Second Currently in Session, Third Now Open for Enrollment


A growing partnership between the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (MVWIB) and Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is turning Lawrence’s environmental challenges into opportunities!

The Environmental Technical Training Program is funded through the MVWIB by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The project, managed by GWL, offers training modules delivered by experienced providers in each area, ensuring up-to-date development of the critical skills awareness and certifications needed to work in fields such as:

  • Brownfield Remediation and Hazardous Materials Handling,
  • Storm Water Management, and
  • Recycling and Solid Waste Management.

The Environmental Technical Training Program is already on a roll. Over the spring and summer of this year, 45 individuals will have the opportunity to participate in this intensive five-week training program and received a thick package of certifications in Asbestos, Lead, OSHA and a handful of other certifications invaluable for finding work in the Environmental and Construction Industry.

Aided by their new certifications and the experience gained through the EPA funded training program, graduates are now moving into the workforce prepared for jobs in:

  • construction,
  • demolition,
  • remediation,
  • emergency response,
  • environmental technicians,
  • hazardous materials handling,
  • and other occupational fields that require these trainings.

“The WIB is very satisfied with the program outcomes to date. The program content is exactly what we envisioned when it was planned, a combination of addressing both current employment gaps in the environmental field in our city and working closely with our employer community to address their needs in this area “stated Odanis Hernandez, MVWIB Performance & Monitoring Manager and Environmental Technical Training Program Manager.

Clay Larsen Training Manager of the Environmental Technical Training Program stated that “The goal of the program is to provide the participants with quality training and multiple industry recognized certifications that prepare them for jobs that are in high demand in the region and help get them to work. “

This grant-funded program is free to applicants that qualify. The program will be offered once more this year. The next and final five-week class starts Monday, July 7th and runs to August 8th. Classes are held in Lawrence at Cambridge College and at various locations across the city.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: groundworklawrence.org/workforce


Thursday, June 12th from 5-7pm

An informational open house is scheduled June 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Groundwork Lawrence office, located at 60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA (Google Maps). Light refreshments will be served.

Information sessions are also held week days during business hours.
For more information and to apply to the program please contact:
Clay Larsen
978-974-0770 x7017

Classes start July 7th. Registration is now open and closes June 27th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: groundworklawrence.org/workforce