UMass Dartmouth awarded $748,000 for offshore wind internships
UMass Dartmouth annoucned Friday that it was awarded $748,000 as part of the state’s push to bolster the region’s offshore wind industry.
More than $373,000 was awarded from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, with $375,000 in matching dollars from partners BankFive, BayCoast Bank, and Bristol County Savings Bank.
According to university officials, money will go toward providing UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College students hands on experience through paid internships and project-based learning experiences with offshore wind developers and supply chain partners.
"There are very significant, experienced players in the deep-water offshore wind industry spending a lot of money on infrastructure here in the Commonwealth,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “In addition to continuing to make infrastructure investments, we also need to be making investments in our people. This grant is part of a series of proposals to continue putting resources into our very robust educational community so that we can create the talent, skill base, and workforce we need to maintain our leadership position in clean energy and offshore wind.”
The funding will also provide financial support for senior capstone and other project-based learning opportunities informed by the pressing technical problems confronted by offshore wind and related firms.
“Given UMass Dartmouth’s distinctive capabilities and research accomplishments in marine science and technology and engineering, we are uniquely positioned to support the Commonwealth’s offshore wind initiatives,” said Chancellor Mark Fuller. “I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their continued support of public higher education and attention to the evolving needs of workforce development in our region.”