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NJ WIND TURBINE TECHNICIAN TRAINING GRANT CHALLENGE


The NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge is a competitive grant program
awarding up to $1,000,000 to a New Jersey 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 Challenge aims to prepare New Jerseyans for careers as offshore wind turbine technicians, a high-growth, high-wage profession that is integral to the growth of the State’s offshore wind sector.

The goal of the NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Grant Challenge is to:  

  1. Establish a training program that enables New Jerseyans to achieve industry recognized offshore wind turbine technician training and credentials.
  2. Grow the offshore wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey and help accelerate the State’s growth in the offshore wind industry. 

The NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge is a competitive grant program open to all New Jersey community colleges as the primary applicant. Recognizing  that collaborations with labor unions and industry are necessary for the successful development and delivery of the program, any New Jersey community college applying for this grant must submit applications that include plans to collaborate with regional councils or other umbrella labor union groups to meet the program’s goals. Applicants must also include plans to collaborate with representatives of potential employers to ensure curriculum is aligned with industry needs and that the program prepares students for employment in New Jersey’s initial offshore wind projects.

KEY DATES

June 2, 2021      
Informational Webinar

June 7, 2021            
Notice of Funding Availability Published in New Jersey Register

June 16, 2021
Application will be available to download

June 30, 2021     
Deadline for Submitting Questions

July 23, 2021 at 5:00PM            
Deadline for Proposals from Applicants

Note:
No applications will be reviewed until the deadline has passed and the Authority has collected all applications that have been submitted by the application deadline (Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00 PM).

Applications are due by 5 PM (EST) on Friday, July 23, 2021.

The applicant must submit applications electronically by emailing the complete application to Windturbinetraining@njeda.com. The subject line of the email should state: Application – NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge. The required cover sheet and NJEDA budget template will be posted on this site on June 16th.

Applications must include:

  • Completed cover sheet
  • A PDF narrative that includes responses to all questions (A-Q) listed in the Applications Instructions document
  • Program budget using NJEDA’s template

PROGRAM GUIDE

QUESTIONS?

Written questions and inquiries will be accepted from all potential applicants via email up until June 30th, 2021. All queries shall be sent to WindTurbineTraining@njeda.com

All questions received, and answers given in response will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions document to be posted and continually updated on NJEDA website.

Any addenda will be posted on the same website. It is the responsibility of any potential applicant to review the website on a frequent basis to become aware of any answers and addenda.