Received funding for three proposals in the SUNY program.

farmingdale state college (FSC) Receives Nearly $900,000 in Funding to Advance Three Proposals to Advance Offshore Wind Technology Training and Education as Part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s Announcement of $4 Million in Grants Awarded by FSC Offshore Wind Power Training Academy (OWTI). The FSC awards represent three of ten proposals funded by the SUNY system’s University Centers, Technical Colleges and Community Colleges.

FSC is a hub Wind Technology and Sustainable Energy research, development, training and education, and Certificate and micro certificate Wind energy technology project. The Academy is also a founding member of OWTI.

“As partners of the Offshore Wind Technology Institute, we are committed to making offshore wind an integral part of the energy and economic landscape on Long Island and throughout New York State,” said Dr. John S. Nader, President. Farmingdale State College. “We are proud of the SUNY system and FSC faculty and staff who are working to address today’s important environmental and social challenges.”

SUNY President John B. King, Jr. said, “Working with Governor Hochul and NYSERDA, SUNY is proud to help New York State lead a clean energy economy and workforce development—the engines of upward mobility for our students. A highly skilled, well-paid workforce will drive New York State’s clean energy goals forward while positioning the state as a national leader in renewable energy, including offshore wind. By developing projects that meet the needs of the offshore wind industry, New York State University can and will respond directly to the needs of employers to ensure our students are well-prepared for this emerging field. I congratulate all of the SUNY campuses selected and look forward to supporting their advancement.”

Applicant submissions address one or more priority areas of focus, including expansion of existing SUNY courses related to offshore wind; response to rapid, targeted training needs; addressing barriers to entry; long-term outreach to younger students; community outreach awareness-raising efforts; partnerships with relevant or adjacent sectors. Proposals received additional consideration by focusing on equity needs, transition of workers from other sectors, qualifications and direct partnerships with the offshore wind industry.

Funded FSC proposals include:

FSC Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBE): Online Training Workshop for Offshore Wind Industry MWBEs and Small Startups (Award: $258,500)

A series of short, non-credit workshops that will provide participants with educational opportunities without taking longer time away from their business, and which they can immediately apply to their business. These workshops provide flexible and accessible training for MWBEs and small start-ups, free to eligible learners.

FSC Workforce Development: Offshore Wind Workforce Micro-Certificate (Award: $500,000)

A new Microcredential program offers new courses and advanced training focused on offshore wind technology and will be completed over two semesters. The training component will be designed to address near-term or immediate needs in the offshore wind industry and will focus on monitoring the structural integrity of wind turbine blades and diagnosing microcracks.

FSC wind turbines: Wind Turbine Technician Certificate Global Wind Organization (GWO) Training (Award: $132,000)

GWO provides on-site safety training utilizing educational training equipment to apply mechanical and electrical engineering principles to wind turbine related operation and maintenance. Adding GWO training to the academic credential provided participants in both groups the opportunity to explore occupational fitness and made graduates better prepared for the workforce. The training will be delivered in partnership with the SUNY Maritime Academy.

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Committed to student success, Farmingdale State College is a recognized leader in applied learning. With nearly 10,000 students, Farmingdale provides exceptional student outcomes and opportunities on Long Island, New York, and beyond through teaching, scholarship, and applied research. As one of the largest institutions in the SUNY system, FSC’s commitment to student-centered learning and inclusion is unrivaled, preparing graduates to be model citizens who can excel in a competitive, diverse and technologically dynamic society . Farmingdale, Long Island’s first public institution of higher education, has long been a cornerstone of the region’s economy, with 96 percent of graduates working in New York State and 75 percent working on Long Island. Farmingdale develops emerging leaders in the evolving fields of technology, engineering, business and healthcare.

The college is home to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which supports the growth of biotechnology startups and develops partnerships with surrounding businesses and research institutions along the growing Route 110 business corridor. FSC is proud to host one of New York State’s leading Small Business Development Centers, which provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with professional business consulting, education, networking resources and advocacy.

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