Devonte’s goal: land a career in five days

Devonte’s goal: land a career in five days
Photo credit: San Pablo EDC.

Devonte Daniels, a recent graduate of hazardous waste and emergency response training from the San Pablo Economic Development Corp. and North Coast Teamsters Apprentice Training (NCTAT), landed a new career shortly after getting HazWOPER40 certified.

“Afterwards, I became a temp worker through IQ Personnel,” Daniels said. “I put my Tyvek suit on and get to sorting through household hazardous waste, sort of like warehousing. My dream is to be like one of the instructors who end up traveling the world, cleaning up hazardous waste as a career.”

On Monday, June 4, from 3-3:30 pm at the San Pablo Library, a mandatory orientation will be held for those interested in enrolling in the 5-day HazWOPER 40 certified training, which runs from June 18-22, 2018. Upon certification, you can go to work. Hourly wage ranges from $20-$70 depending on experience and willingness to travel. Register here.  

Five days of intense training leads to certification on Friday, allowing you to go to work on Saturday when opportunities are there. NCTAT has partnered with San Pablo EDC to make this fee-based course free. A strong work ethic and reliability are required.

When asked about his experience at the 40-hour training, Daniels recalls, “Jodie [the instructor] was super cool! She made the class enjoyable. It wasn’t like you just sat there. You gotta pay attention, try to have fun, and ask questions.”