|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2022
Contact: Alex Hand, NK Chamber of Commerce
North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce’s WindWinRI Program Provided A Narrated Tour Of The Block Island Offshore Wind Farm for 110+ RI High School Students
North Kingstown, RI- The North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce continues to be a leader of a consortium of education, training, and business partners dedicated to designing and implementing strategic, demand-driven career pathway training system, WindWinRI, that meets the employments needs of Rhode Island businesses. NKCC’s innovative system for capacity building has made professional credentials available for local students and incumbent workers for long-lasting placements within the offshore wind energy industry.
On September 30th, one hundred plus students attended the WindWinRI narrated tour on the Rhode Island Fast Ferry, conducted by Orsted, of the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Block Island. The following high schools, who have students enrolled in components of the WindWinRI offshore wind high school certification, participated- Central Falls, Charles E. Shea in Pawtucket, Exeter West Greenwich, Narragansett, and Warwick Area Career and Technical Center.
“As the American leader in offshore wind, Ørsted is proud to support programs like WindWinRI to develop the talent pipeline that we need in the United States. We hope that giving students a chance to see America’s first offshore wind farm up close and to learn about the offshore wind industry will give an idea of the many clean energy career opportunities that exist, and how WindWinRI can help them prepare for those careers.” said Stacy Tingley, Deputy Head of Government Affairs and Market Strategy, Northeast.
“We were excited to provide this opportunity through our Real Jobs RI grant for Rhode Island high school students who are engaged in our WindWinRI high school certification program, as the last one was conducted prior to the pandemic. By taking the students to the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm and meeting with our industry partners, such as Orsted and Atlantic Wind Transfers, they had a unique experience to see the wind turbines in full operation.” said Kristin Urbach, Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce and WindWinRI.
To date, more than two dozen high school students have graduated and received the WindWinRI Offshore Wind Energy High School Certification. For more information, visit www.windwinri.com.
The North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce is one of Rhode Island’s leading business membership and trade organizations located in North Kingstown, RI that includes the Quonset Business Park that employs more than 10,000 people within over 200 businesses. Quonset, the home to Port Davisville, has served as the staging, storage, and assembly area for wind turbine equipment.