Both Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University scored in the second round of nearly $4 million in Offshore Wind Training Institute grants from New York State.
In this latest round of funding, Farmingdale State received $750,000. It was not immediately clear how much Stony Brook University was allocated. In total, 12 programs at eight SUNY campuses were awarded grants.
The funding supports State University of New York campus programs designed to prepare students for careers in the emerging offshore wind industry. With that funding, the campuses are to expand workforce development and training initiatives for jobs in constructing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining offshore wind farms.
“Through this grant program, we are equipping students with the tools they need to fill the clean energy jobs of the future and build a greener New York for generations to come,” New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a written statement.
In collaboration with Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) was launched in 2020. The institute is designed to advance offshore wind training programs and the educational infrastructure needed to establish a skilled workforce for the national offshore wind industry.
The institute “underscores SUNY’s central place in promoting sustainable economic growth in New York State,” Farmingdale State College President and OWTI Director John Nader said in a written statement.
“The awards to nearly a dozen SUNY campuses will help prepare students and working professionals for careers in the emerging wind energy industry,” he added.
“As preparation of a highly qualified offshore wind workforce remains a top priority for Stony Brook, we are grateful to Governor Hochul for her visionary support to accelerate the much-needed growth of a skilled wind-energy talent pool,” Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said in a written statement.
Stony Brook and Farmingdale jointly administer and provide technical support to the OWTI, deploying its degree-awarding and non-credit workforce programmatic offerings as well as its New York-focused renewable-energy workforce initiatives. The project is overseen by a coordinating council of representatives from SUNY colleges as well as state and local agencies that aim to build a workforce and talent pool for the wind-energy field.
Including this round of funding, the OWTI has awarded $8 million for 28 grants distributed across all sectors and regions of the SUNY system with individual awards up to $500,000.
The OWTI, along with NYSERDA, developed a network of academic, community, industry and labor alliances that aim to prepare up to 25,000 New Yorkers for careers in renewable-energy fields. In working collaboratively to advance the development of wind-energy technology, the institute expects to work synergistically with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, located at Stony Brook and supported by NYSERDA, and the US Department of Energy and the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale.