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Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

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Project Summary

Purpose/ Mission: Enhance the manufacturing industry in the Millennium Reserve/ Calumet Region by addressing the labor/skills mismatch and promoting careers in manufacturing to ensure a competitive workforce is a key asset for regional economic development.

For more information please visit: www.CGMP4U.org


1. Increase employer investment in the Calumet regional workforce.
2. Meet manufacturers' labor needs by aligning available consultative services, preparatory services and training resources to serve the needs of businesses as well as the needs of unemployed, dislocated and incumbent workers.
3. Promote careers in manufacturing.

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OAI is now offering EPA's Lead RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) course, also known as the Certified Renovator class, to the public! We are accredited by both the EPA and the Illinois Department of Public Health to deliver this course.

Beginning in 1995, OAI has provided environmental health & safety training across the nation. Since March 2010, we've provided Certified Renovator training to over 800 individuals in Illinois.

OAI is offering RRP classes at a discount ($200) for eligible individuals during the winter season.

The next class will be held Saturday March 3 in downtown Chicago at 180 N. Wabash, 4th Floor. Discounted parking is also available.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required and based on a first pay, first serve policy. Registration will be coordinated through Deep Earth Education Projects.

Please contact Wendy Chan of D.E.E.P. directly at 773.213.0521 or wendy.chan@oaiinc.org.

Do you need this training? EPA requires that "firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices." In addition, if you are renovating a HUD home built before 1978, all workers working on the renovation project may be required to be Certified Renovators.

For further clarification, please see EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm