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2022: UMass Dartmouth awarded $748,048 to support student learning experiences in hands-on offshore wind internships

Funding from industry partners and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will allow students to expand their skills in the growing offshore wind sector


Winners from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bristol Community College, Browning the Green Space, Ironworkers Local 7, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Southeastern Massachusetts Building Trades Council, UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell meet with Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and MassCEC CEO Jen Daloisio.

UMass Dartmouth was recently awarded $373,048 by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and $375,000 in partner matching dollars BankFive, BayCoast Bank and Bristol County Savings Bank, to provide paid internships and experiential learning opportunities for offshore wind students under a program called Bridging the experience gap.

Students at UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College will gain hands-on experience through paid internships and project-based learning experiences with offshore wind developers and supply chain partners. The program aims to provide opportunities for more than 120 students from UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College to help accelerate the development of the talent pipeline for the fast-growing offshore wind industry. The funding will also provide financial support for senior executives and other project-based learning opportunities informed by the pressing technical issues facing offshore wind and related businesses.

There are very large and experienced players in the deep water offshore wind industry who spend a lot of money on infrastructure here in the Commonwealth,Governor Charlie Baker said today in his opening address. “In addition to continuing to invest in infrastructure, we also need to invest in our people. This grant is part of a series of proposals aimed at continuing to invest resources in our very strong educational community so that we can build the talent, skills base and workforce we need to maintain our position. leader in clean energy and offshore wind power.

We work best when the private sector, government and academia work together“, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito added in his remarks.Our partners in education are essential to this whole process. These are the people who are our incredible assets, with talents and skills that nowhere else in the country have yet truly developed. It is extremely important that students can see themselves in this industry.

We can be confident that our workforce will be well equipped with the knowledge, safety and certifications needed to work in this specialized field.,” said MassCEC CEO Jenn Daloisio. “Investments like this have made Massachusetts a leader in offshore wind. With industry commitments and funds provided through FORWARD (Future Opportunities for Resiliency, Workforce, and Revitalized City centers) act, we can expand this workforce development role and bring more exciting opportunities to more of our residents.

“Given UMass Dartmouth’s distinctive capabilities and research achievements in marine science, technology and engineering, we are uniquely positioned to support Commonwealth offshore wind initiatives,” said declared Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, Mark A. Fuller, PhD. “I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for their continued support of public higher education and their attention to the changing needs of workforce development in our region.”

“Bristol Community College is grateful to the Baker-Polito administration and MassCEC’s support of innovative student opportunities within the growing offshore wind industry. In line with the mission of the college’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) and the Offshore Wind Technology Diploma Program, Bristol and UMass Dartmouth will strengthen our region’s skilled workforce,” said Dr. Laura L. Douglas, President, Bristol Community College.

The commitments of $375,000 from three community banks in the region reflect their forward-looking vision of the regional economy and the need to educate students about the jobs of tomorrow. BankFive, BayCoast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, offshore wind companies in the region and workforce development organizations will be involved in an advisory board to Bridging the Experience Gap.

The initiative, led by the UMassD Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Estuarine and Ocean Sciences Dan Macdonald, is designed to complement existing workforce training and degree and certificate options at both UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College. The only research university on the South Coast, UMass Dartmouth is a national leader in launching first-generation students and those from modest backgrounds into successful, well-paying careers – ranking #2 in Massachusetts and # 59 nationwide for social mobility, according to US News and World Report. The university is home to nearly a dozen existing degree and certificate programs that help meet offshore wind workforce needs in mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, operations management, marine science and technology, policy environmental, engineering and applied sciences, supply chain management and information. Systems and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Bristol is a national leader in workforce development and academic programs related to offshore wind through its two-year business and engineering programs and the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI).
































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