HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Sterling Services LTD., and Sterling Oil and Chemical were awarded a Going PRO Industry Collaborative Grant for the year $3,800 to help offset HAZWOPER Training for their employees in Hamtramck, Mich., and Royal Oak, Mich. The training is overseen by Monroe County Community College.

This grant allows Sterling to train their employees in Hamtramck, which saves time and money with the classroom being so close to the facility. The 24 hour, three-day operations level training is for employees who have not completed the training class. The class is customized to Sterling Services’ needs for the handling and shipping of petroleum and chemical products.

The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (ITA) approves the application and grants funds through Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA). The Going PRO Talent Fund is designed to help employers maintain training for their employees with a public-private partnership. All training must be completed within the year of the award and lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.

HAZWOPER, an acronym for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, training is necessary for employees who are exposed to hazardous substances, engaged in operations that include clean-up, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. Additionally, employees that are involved in emergency response operations with hazardous waste and workers who have to perform duties at a waste site where hazardous contamination are expected, need to be trained and protected.

In 2018, 925 employers were awarded grants with the average award $34,134 and average award per person at $1,142. 512 of the 925 companies that received an award, have fewer than 100 employees, maintaining the Going PRO Talent Fund initiative of training, developing, and retaining current and new employees.

“At our facility in Hamtramck, we are always looking to train our employees to maximize their potential,” Jason Eddleston, VP of Operations said. “The Going PRO Talent Fund grant gives us the flexibility of training our employees on-site, saving time and money as they don’t have to take a day to attend a class at a local college. For us, as employers, our employees are now trained with new skills that will help them with their day-to-day responsibilities.”

Monroe County Community College will send Sterling the material and the two parties will set-up an agreed upon date(s) and time(s) for the three-day class starting this summer and finishing in early fall. Each trainee will be enrolled in an official non-credit training program of the College and all records will be maintained accordingly.