MITAGS is honored to announce it has been awarded a Fiscal Year (FY) 22 grant by the Maryland Energy Administration under their Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Program, alongside several other Maryland-based contractors, schools, and businesses. With the awarding of these workforce training grants, the goal of the MEA is to position Maryland businesses to enter the emerging offshore wind industry and ultimately to create an offshore wind supply chain in Maryland, as offshore wind companies begin development off the Maryland-Delaware coast. MITAGS is equipped to provide necessary training to the mariners who will operate construction and support vessels for offshore wind companies during both the construction and the operation phases of Maryland offshore wind farms.
The investment of the offshore wind industry in developing wind farms in Maryland is estimated by the Maryland Public Service Commission to create at least 12,000 full-time equivalent jobs during construction, and 3,000 full-time equivalent jobs once the wind farms are operational. Additionally, the currently approved offshore wind projects in Maryland are expected to generate approximately $1.5 billion of in-state expenditures.
MITAGS is eager to support the state’s commitment towards the national goal of 30 gigawatts of clean energy from offshore wind by 2030. With the MEA’s offshore wind workforce training grant, MITAGS will make updates to our full-mission simulators, and invest in other equipment and curriculum needed to meet the training requirements of the Global Wind Organization and Maryland’s new and expanding offshore wind workforce.
Other grant recipients of the MEA’s Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Grant Program for FY22 include Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPSS) and Jane Addams Resource Corporation – Baltimore (JARC-Baltimore). To read the MEA’s full press release, please visit their website here.
MITAGS is a nonprofit, vocational training center for individuals seeking to enter the maritime profession and for professional mariners seeking to advance their careers. With campuses in Baltimore and Seattle, it is the leader in maritime training, pilot programs, ship simulation and operational research, providing customized solutions for both individual companies and mariners, and members of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. To learn more, visit our website at www.mitags.org.