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LCC launches environmental services aide program

The 18-hour online course trains people to clean and disinfect health care facilities.

Posted: May 6, 2020 6:19 PM
Updated: May 6, 2020 8:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Clean freaks take note: Lane Community college is getting ready to launch a rapid certification program to help people find jobs cleaning and disinfecting health care facilities.

The 18-hour course will train people as environmental services aides starting on Monday. It will cover a number of topics, including cleaning versus disinfection, using personal protective equipment, chemical safety, rooms and high-touch surfaces.

Russ Pierson, dean of the LCC Florence Center, said the program was put together in just over month after LCC President Margaret Hamilton and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Val Hoyle began discussing the need for a statewide program.

"It was borderline miraculous," Pierson said. "I have described it like building a bridge while you're walking across it, but so far we're on the bridge and nobody's fallen in."

The class is $229, but Pierson said they are working to make scholarships available. The starting wage for environmental services aides in Oregon is $12.43 an hour, according to the website ZipRecruiter.

Pierson said the program offers pathways so students can advance in the medical field. He said graduates could take the skills they learn to other industries like restaurants and hotels.

Registration is now open. New classes start every two weeks.

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