SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica College, along with 40 community colleges and organizations nationwide, were chosen for a sum of $125 million in grants.  Santa Monica College was awarded a $4.87 million grant specifically for job training in the fields of recycling and resource management.

The certificate programs will promote ecological consciousness, while providing jobs in a high-demand field. This is not the first time that SMC has been awarded a grant. Back in 2006, SMC was awarded a grant to increase access to training programs for careers in nursing.

Along with additional colleges from Orange County, Irvine Valley and Golden West, SMC will work side by side with them and widen the training needed to acquire a certificate degree in recycling and resource management.

Santa Monica College will also be working together with the California Resources Recovery Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1974 that is dedicated in promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, pollution prevention and composting.

According to, “The CRRA works to expand markets for recycled materials, promotes sustainable materials policies and is a clearinghouse for information, innovation, and industry and governmental initiatives. CRRA is the premier organization for linking like- minded individuals from every facet of the industry. Non-profits, waste haulers, recyclers, state, federal and local government, academic institutions, recycled product manufacturers, and many others come together under the CRRA umbrella.”