New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has awarded the second round of nearly $4 million in Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) grants for industry workforce development to eight SUNY campus-led programs.
The winning programs plan to expand workforce development and training initiatives for jobs in constructing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining offshore wind farms. Hochul previously announced the first round of $4 million for OWTI grants last May. In total, $8 million for 28 grants has been awarded across SUNY campuses.
“As New York State continues to lead the nation in our transition to clean energy, the Offshore Wind Training Institute is helping to ensure our state’s workforce is prepared to fill the jobs we need to reach our ambitious energy goals,” says Hochul. “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.”
The $20 million OWTI was launched in 2020 in collaboration with SUNY’s Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Stony Brook and Farmingdale jointly administer and provide technical support to the OWTI.
The project is overseen by a coordinating council composed of representatives from SUNY colleges as well as state and local agencies and organizations.