Community Leadership & Partnerships
Bristol’s NOWI has established strong partnerships in Massachusetts, the U.S. and in Europe focused around renewable energy and offshore wind. Bristol has partnered and has memorandums of understanding (MOU) in place with industry leaders and seeks to provide services and solutions to the industry and its robust supply chain. The NOWI has partnerships that provide additional support and workforce and educational solutions that increase the region and state’s competitiveness for the sector.
Through an MOU from August 2019, Mayflower Wind has committed to supporting the NOWI with financial investments of $6M over the next ten years. Mayflower’s investment is a critical support to the training program, as well as the advisement for the NOWI and its training programs.
Bristol has partnered with Vineyard Wind, Vineyard Power, and ACE MV to offer the Offshore Wind Power Technician Certificate as a two-year, part-time, 23 credit program. On its third cohort, this program prepares students for opportunities as turbine installers and operation and maintenance (O&M) technicians in land-based or offshore wind and a variety of marine trades and technical professions.
Bristol participates in a strong alliance of higher education institutions in Massachusetts, specifically southeastern Massachusetts, to provide comprehensive offerings and student support in achieving credentials around this sector and the larger Blue Economy. This partnership includes the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Each institution from the CONNECT partnership has different impacts and interests as well as program offerings that relate to the Blue economy and offshore wind, providing students with programs that align with the workforce needs of the sector.
Bristol’s NOWI has strong partnerships with economic, workforce development and industry focused organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Boulder, Colorado. Bristol works closely with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and have been funded by the center for four offshore wind related grant programs. The NOWI was also funded through the Skills Capital program through the Massachusetts Skills Cabinet.
Other critical organizations include the New Bedford Ocean Cluster, New Bedford Economic Development Council, New Bedford Port Authority, MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board, SRPEDD, SEED, and other important community entities.