As of June 16, New Jersey community colleges can now apply online for the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
The Challenge is a competitive grant program awarding up to $1,000,000 to a community college to establish an offshore wind turbine technician training program that includes an industry-recognized, credit-bearing certificate program and pathway to an associate degree or higher.
The yet-to-be-created program will prepare New Jerseyans for careers as offshore wind turbine technicians, which according to the transparent compensation website Comparably is a career path that earns up to $71,000 annually, with an average salary of approximately $52,000.
“As New Jersey transitions to 100% clean energy through initiatives like offshore wind, it is imperative that we cultivate a workforce prepared to meet the emerging opportunities building and operating clean energy infrastructure offers,” said Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, on May 18 when the program was announced. “This grant opportunity demonstrates the State’s commitment to ensuring that the workforce of tomorrow has a place in our innovation economy and is grown right here in one of New Jersey’s community colleges.”
Community colleges interested in competing must submit applications electronically by July 23 at 5:00 p.m. by emailing the complete application to Windturbinetraining@njeda.com.