Bristol Signs MOU with Bay State Wind

December 20, 2017

Bristol Community College announced today that Bay State Wind has committed $1 million to fund the college’s first endowed faculty position as part of a signed memorandum of agreement, which was submitted as part of a bid proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects. 

The agreement celebrates a long-term shared commitment by both organizations to develop the workforce requirements and effective training models needed to create a vibrant and sustainable offshore wind industry. It also explores a collaboration with Bristol and other industry stakeholders to develop an offshore wind training center in New Bedford. Bristol currently has a concentration and certificate program in relation to the offshore wind power industry. This agreement enhances the programs offered and supports outreach initiatives in the STEM fields as well as other educational opportunities at Bristol. 

“We are extremely grateful to Bay State Wind for recognizing the important role that Bristol plays in the future of wind energy education. This partnership solidifies Bristol’s commitment to offshore wind training and the creation of jobs. It also ensures that we will be able to support the offshore wind industry in New Bedford with highly-skilled faculty and programs, well into the future,” said Laura Douglas, Ph.D., President, Bristol Community College. 

On December 20, 2017, Bay State Wind intends to submit a bid in response to the Request for Proposals for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects. In the event that Bay State Wind receives final, non-appealable approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities of one or more power purchase agreements pursuant to the 83C RFP, the organization will make a financial contribution of $1 million to Bristol to create the college’s first endowed faculty position in support of offshore wind energy education. 

“Today marks the beginning of an important partnership that will help ensure Massachusetts’ position as the national leader in offshore wind,” Thomas Brostrøm, President, Ørsted North America. “Bristol Community College will be an integral part in the training and educating of the workforce that will be part of this new industry. Bay State Wind and its parent companies, Ørsted and Eversource, are pleased to support Bristol in establishing the curriculum and support services that will create hundreds of new jobs for the entire South Coast region.” 

“We are so pleased to be part of this effort to bring clean, safe and affordable energy to Massachusetts,” said Mike Auser√©, Vice President of Business Development, Eversource. “Eversource has served Greater New Bedford for more than 100 years, and we have always been committed to supporting the economic well-being of the community, its residents and businesses. We applaud Bristol for the great work they do in educating tomorrow’s workforce and are excited about our future role in that effort.” 

"Bay State Wind's seed investment in industry training based at Bristol’s New Bedford campus will help to advance our goal of becoming the East Coast hub of the offshore wind industry in the years ahead, and it underscores the confidence that Ørsted and Eversource have in our workforce," said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. 

In addition to the $1 million endowed faculty position, the memorandum of agreement also includes that Bay State Wind will: 

  • Explore a collaboration with Bristol and other industry stakeholders to develop an offshore wind training center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 
  • Participate in the Bristol "Women in STEM" series. 
  • Provide a representative to serve on the Bristol STEM Advisory Board. 
  • Participate in Bristol's K-12 initiative to train middle school and high school science teachers how to deliver a unit of instruction specifically about wind energy. 
  • Sponsor a one-day workshop at Bristol for K-12 science teachers.
  • Support Bristol's "lending library" of teaching kits that includes a 20-inch turbine and tower. 
  • Host, or cause its affiliates to host, Bristol student interns. 
  • Collaborate with Bristol to assist Bristol in accessing funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to financially support student interns. 
  • Provide a company representative as a guest lecturer in Bristol's offshore wind power courses. 

Bristol Community College is currently offering an Engineering Technology/Offshore Wind Power Technology concentration of its Associate in Science in Engineering.

Technology (Offshore Wind Power Technology), as well as a Certificate of Recognition in Offshore Wind Power Technician. Both programs prepare students to work as technicians for the offshore wind power industry. 

Students learn aspects of engineering technology such as electrical machinery, fluid systems, materials science and strength of materials, and gain hands-on experience with assembly, installation, operation and maintenance of wind power systems.