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UMass/CEE awarded MassCEC Offshore Wind Energy Workforce Development grant

May 10, 2019

On May 10, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $721,500 in grants to six academic institutions and labor organizations to establish workforce training and development programs to support the state’s emerging offshore wind industry.  CEE was honored to receive $105,500 to complete initial design and development of an offshore wind professional certificate program to be offered at the Mt. Ida campus in Newton.  The six training programs developed through the efforts of UMass and others will lay the groundwork for a broad-based network for offshore wind workforce training in Massachusetts, which will enable Massachusetts workers to secure jobs in offshore wind. The programs will offer basic safety and technical training to internationally-recognized standards and address a diverse mix of workforce training target areas including career introduction courses, and technician and professional certificates while providing targeted support for the Vineyard Wind project and future offshore wind construction.