WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $200,000 each to two programs aimed at helping struggling Arkansans land environmental jobs.

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $200,000 each to two programs aimed at helping struggling Arkansans land environmental jobs.

The Arkansas Construction Education Foundation will use its $200,000 grant to provide job training to as many as 90 homeless individuals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and central Arkansas.

ACEF hopes to place 72 graduates in environmental jobs and track their progress for another year, according to EPA.

ACEF is working on the project with Better Community Development, Our House Shelter, Little Rock Workforce Investment Board, Snyder Environmental and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The city of Camden also received a $200,000 grant to train 45 low-income, minority, unemployed and underemployed Camden residents as well as veterans transitioning back to civilian life for environmental work. The city hopes to place 36 graduates in environmental jobs, according to EPA.

The city is working on the project with Arkansas Environmental Training Academy, Southern Arkansas University Tech, and the Southwest Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.

“Through our Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program, the EPA continues to sow the seeds of environmental and economic success,” said Acting EPA Regional Administrator Sam Coleman.