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PPL Foundation Awards Grant To Earth Conservancy

November 28, 2018

ASHLEY — The PPL Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to Earth Conservancy, a nonprofit based in Ashley that works to reclaim old coalfields, to continue its environmental workforce training program into 2020. The training program is in its second year. It gives unemployed and underemployed people in Northeast Pennsylvania a chance to gain new knowledge and skills in surveying, mapping, construction safety and hazardous materials cleanup, according to a news release from Earth Conservancy. Program graduates earn 20.5 hours of continuing education credit from the Pennsylvania State University and three federally-recognized certificates. Earth Conservancy and PA CareerLink help graduates find new jobs. “Workforce training initiatives like the EWT Program expand opportunities for unemployed workers, support local industries, and promote economic growth within the region. Moreover, as past participants have told us, completing the program has boosted their confidence and drive, and has helped set them off on a new and meaningful path,” said program administrator Elizabeth Hughes. More information about the program is available at www.earthconservancy.org or by calling 570-823-3445. Recruitment for the 2019 cohort is now underway. The deadline for application is Jan. 7, 2019. — BILL WELLOCK

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