Transitioning Fort Carson Soldiers to receive Hazardous Waste Worker training at no cost | Barton Community College

Transitioning Fort Carson Soldiers to receive Hazardous Waste Worker training at no cost

March 5, 2018
Story by Brandon Steinert
Photo by Micah Oelze

Barton Community College will offer a grant-funded two-week certificate program at no cost to transitioning Fort Carson Soldiers and family members with Department of Defense ID cards.

The Hazardous Waste Worker (HWW) program gives Soldiers credentials to help them find work after their tenure in the US Army ends. The next course is set from March 26 through April 6 on post at 1638 Elwell Street, Building 6236.

Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, covering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Materials Handling, OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), culminating in a hands-on hazardous waste handling simulation for the final exam.

Students must be physically and mentally able to work in a full level-A Hazardous Materials ensemble, including a self-contained breathing apparatus.

The training is paid for by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The course is geared toward transitioning soldiers, retirees and family members at no cost.

“This course gets transitioning soldiers HAZMAT qualifications to put them to work in only two weeks, and at no-cost,” said Barton’s Dean of Fort Riley Technical Education and Military Outreach Training Kurt Teal. “We’re dedicated to producing some of the most competent hazardous waste workers in the industry, and we’re doing what we can to help these folks get a solid job so they can continue providing for their families when they leave the military.”

For more information, contact Sherry Jenkins at (719) 526-1195 or

Two students in protective HAZMAT suits work on a breached barrel in a training simulation.
A student in a protective HAZMAT suit work on a breached barrel during a training simulation.