Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program (RACEJT)
7 of the 9 RACEJT 2020 graduates are already employed since session one’s end. Of the remaining two, one is in quarantine at home now and one in the process of being hired. Graduates are working as spill responders of home fuel tank spills, landfill operators, collectors and laborers, utility clerk and waste-water plant work
RACEJT in the Time of COVID
No internet, no computer? No Problem!
2020 training went from a residential style training to a distance learning model overnight, just days before students were posed to fly into Anchorage. It was nothing short of heroic for students this year to attend classes without internet, receiving course materials via snail mail. All committed to 2-4 hour live calls, every day, despite quarantine conditions, taking care of family and subsistence activities. A total of 9 students received several national certification courses that will help them attain meaningful work within their community or region. Here is Oscar Active Jr of Kongiganak, donning his HAZWOPER decon equipment for the 40 hr certifying course. All 9 completed session one of RACEJT 2020 and when safe to travel, will fly in and complete the hands-on portion of the remaining courses to complete their UAF, Occupational Endorsement. Congratulations Crew of 2020!
See RACEJT in the News!
Fox Coverage of RACEJT 2018 Graduation
Channel 11 Coverage of RACEJT 2018 Graduation
The 2021 Rural Alaska Community
Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program
Are you from a remote non-hub Alaska community? Do you need training in the environmental health field, so that you are qualified to be a Landfill Operator, Environmental Technician, Emergency Spill Responder, Home Fuel Tank Inspector, Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Lead, Forklift Operator, Water and Soil Sampler, or Backhaul materials specialist? Then this may be the program for you!
EMPLOYERS: Are you an employer with an upcoming project and you are searching for skilled local workers? This program may help you attain your workforce goals. Trainees that have secured jobs once they graduate have priority program acceptance!
YR 2021 Tentative Training Dates (You must commit to attending both sessions):
March-April 2021: Two weeks on, two weeks off, then back again to complete = 4 weeks
- Must be unemployed or under-employed, working no more than 20 hrs pr week
- Must live in a rural village consisting of 30% or more Alaska Native population
- Other eligibility factors are included in the application packet.
Cost: Scholarships are available to help make this a FREE TRAINING for nearly all applicants!!!!
Written Application Due Date: December 2021. Exact date to be announced.
Application Packet and Application Requirements: Read all information and instructions in the Application Packet.
Click here for the 2021 Application (Available 10/1/20)
If you have questions, call April McCoy at 717-4754, or email her at email@example.com
Additional YR 2020 RACEJT Program Information:
2020 Informational Flyer
2020 Informational Flyer Employer Version
2020 RACEJT Course List
List of RACEJT Graduates by Community and Region
RACEJT Portfolio Review of 2012 to 2019 Programs
Whether you are an employer with work projects needing skilled individuals to employ or if you are seeking employment opportunities within your community, we want to hear from you. If this training could benefit you or your community, please contact us with any questions.
April Reed-McCoy, MS
Tel: (907) 717-4754
Fax (efax): (877) 335 6780
Congratulations to the 2019 Graduates!
The purpose of the RACEJT program is to provide environmental training and employment for unemployed residents in rural communities impacted by environmental health issues. Participants take a total of four weeks of intensive training, obtain 15 certifications, and can earn 10 college credits through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Click on the Program Description links below for more information.
The Class of 2019 training took place in Anchorage, February 23 to March 7, 2019 and March 21 to April 3, 2019 at the Inlet Tower Hotel. Graduation took place at the top of the Sheraton Hotel. We have a special thank you this year to Deborah Vo, Rural Affairs Coordinator for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, for serving as our keynote speaker. Additionally, we have great appreciation for Kent Winship, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) Bristol Bay Campus, for officiating at this year’s graduation ceremony.
Some job positions that RACEJT graduates have attained since completing the training are Landfill Operator/Manager, Recycling Coordinator, Construction Laborer, Grant Writer, Fire Chief, Spill Responder, Fuel Truck Driver, Heavy Equipment Operator, Day Care Provider, Environmental Coordinator, and more.
RACEJT Sponsors and Partners!!
RACEJT is primarily funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska State Department of Labor, and the University of Washington NIEHS Worker Safety Program. It is also made possible through the generous support of all our partners and sponsors.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Municipality of Anchorage
NIEHS Worker Training Program/UW
State of Alaska Job Center
State of Alaska Central Response Team, DEC
State of Alaska Solid Waste Program, ADEC
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry
Bear Tooth Theatre & Grill
Solid Waste Assoc of N. America, AK Chapter
Bering Strait Corporation
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
State of AK Spill Prevention Program
Paragon Professional Services
Bethel Environmental Services
Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Sea Lion Corporation
The Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program
I wanted to receive the RACEJT training because it’s a great opportunity to receive certifications which could lead to great jobs and a way to help preserve natural resources/environment for the next generation. Now that I’ve completed the training, I hope to get a job helping a community preserve the natural resources and way of life/culture by better safe practices learned through this training.
-- Shivonne Johnson, Sand Point, 2019 Graduate, as written for the 2019 Graduation Ceremony
-- Clayton Active, Kongiganak, 2019 Graduate, as written for the 2019 Graduation Ceremony
I wanted to receive the RACEJT training because it would help me understand the work I have to carry out safely for our employer. Learn how to use some of the equipment we have and make Kong a cleaner, safer and healthier place to live. Now that I have completed the training, I hope to take home what I have learned here and put my new skills to use for the betterment of our community.