EPA awards Sitting Bull College $300K grant

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) July 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Sitting Bull College a $300,000 grant to teach students how to clean up and remove toxic waste and other hazardous materials.

The Workforce Development and Job Training Grant seeks to promote the creation of green jobs. The grant will help create a training program to clean up contaminated areas, known as Brownfields. 

Sitting Bull College Vice President of Academics Koreen Ressler tells South Dakota Public Broadcasting that 20 students are being trained through the program. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will offer employment to some of the students once they become certified.

Ressler says students could also gain employment off the reservation if they get hired by a contractor who works in other areas to clean up the contaminated sites.