Santa Monica College (SMC) has been awarded a $4.87 million grant for job training related to recycling and resource management.

The community-based job training grant was received through the U.S. Department of Labor.

Through this grant, SMC will collaborate with two Orange County community colleges — Irvine Valley and Golden West — to develop training curriculum that will offer a certificate degree in recycling and resource management, SMC officials said. The curriculum will be used to create a national certification program and raise awareness about what are considered high-growth, high-demand jobs in waste management.

SMC also plans to work with a number of other organizations, including the California Resources Recovery Association.

The grants “will create opportunities for working Americans to train for high-demand occupations with the help of our nationwide community college system,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.

SMC is one of 41 community colleges and organizations nationwide to be selected for a total of $125 million in grants.

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