Local briefs

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

Durham offers free environmental job training

DURHAM – Durham residents interested in receiving certifications needed for full-time employment in the environmental field should apply now for the City of Durham’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program.

The 12-week, free training program will teach the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, including assessment and cleanup. This no-cost training will provide certifications that allow participants to qualify as environmental technicians for employment in the recycling, wastewater treatment, or construction industries.

Classes begin Aug. 5 and will meet from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the main campus of Durham Technical Community College. Applications are now available on the City’s website at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/oewd/Pages/Brownfield-Training-Program.aspx and are due by Monday, July 5, 2013, by 5 p.m.

Residents interested in speaking with city staff about this training program are invited to an information session set for on July 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Southside Community Outreach Center, 201 West Enterprise St.

For information contact Jason Wimmer, adult employment program coordinator with the City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, by email at Allen.Wimmer@DurhamNC.gov or by calling (919) 560-4965, ext. 15218.

Blood Drive at Northgate coming up

DURHAM -- Be a hero and contribute to the community blood supply at Northgate Mall on behalf of the American Red Cross on June 27 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

The Northgate Mall Blood Drive will take place in the ARC Blood Mobile on Northgate’s outdoor Plaza, near Entrance 4 with convenient parking throughout the area.

Every two seconds someone needs blood, but only 3 percent of the U.S. population donates blood.

Donation appointments are required. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and search Give Blood to ZIP Code 27701 to schedule an appointment for June 27.

For information: www.redcrossblood.org or (919) 489-6541. Northgate Mall is at 1058 West Club Blvd.

Smith top Girl Scout Cookie seller for Durham

RALEIGH – North Carolina Coastal Pines announced Wednesday that Trecia Smith of Girl Scout Troop #21 is the top seller for Durham County for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Smith sold 1,900 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie sale that ended in March.

Jazmine Warren of Girl Scout Troop #870 placed second with 1,471 boxes sold and Leah Wuebbens of Girl Scout #1740 placed third with 1,116 boxes sold. The overall top cookie seller was Hailey Wells of Girl Scout Troop #223 from Wayne County who sold 3,100 boxes of cookies.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines sold over 3 million boxes of cookies with about 13,000 Girl Scouts participating in the 2013 Cookie Sale Program. About 1,700 girls sold more than 400 boxes of cookies each. Additionally, 259 girls sold more than 1,000 boxes each. Council-wide the average number of boxes sold per girl was 225. Nationally the average number of boxes sold by Girl Scouts is 135.