Starting Sept. 15, Prince George’s Community College will offer a new contractor training course where students will learn about the seven best management practices used to support the county’s Rain Check Rebate Program for residential and private properties. “Keeping our county clean, green, healthy and beautiful is a team effort, and we are excited to […]
Starting Sept. 15, Prince George’s Community College will offer a new contractor training course where students will learn about the seven best management practices used to support the county’s Rain Check Rebate Program for residential and private properties.
“Keeping our county clean, green, healthy and beautiful is a team effort, and we are excited to have PGCC as our teammate as we prepare our residents with the right skills for jobs in the environmental sector,” said Department of the Environment (DOE) Director Adam Ortiz.
Upon completion of the five-week noncredit course, students will know how to work with private property owners on the Rebate Program and receive a certificate in best management practices construction, design and maintenance.
“Cleaning and protecting our local waterways is an important step in preserving our environment,” Ortiz said. “That’s why we are excited to launch this new training program that will not only help save our rivers and streams, but will help develop and grow green businesses in our own communities.”
Anyone may apply for the program.
“We’re hoping we get local contractors involved in utility work or landscaping professionals to get engaged in this course because they’re going to be the ones that residents within the county will call to help them install these practices on their yards and on their properties,” said Jeff DeHan, associate director of the stormwater management division.
Kelly Fleming, the course’s instructor at PGCC said she hopes to expand the capacity of workers in Prince George’s County to be able to install some of the practices that are being promoted by the county’s stormwater program. She already has homework ready for the students.
“One homework assignment that we’re going to be giving is doing an evaluation of a homeowner property,” said Fleming. “So they’ll be given that contract so we can evaluate whether or not they’re qualified to go out in the field and talk to homeowners. They will be given a particular residential site where a rain garden would be appropriate or where the rain barrel would be appropriate.”
Neil Weinstein, executive director of Low Impact Development Center, is helping to develop the course material that will be delivered through Fleming’s classes at PGCC.
“It’s meant for contractors who are interested in helping homeowners and private property owners with the Rain Check Rebate program,” said Weinstein. “We’re going to issue them a certificate which they can use to show a potential client that they understand how to do the paperwork and what gets funded and what they can do and how to properly locate the practices.”