Salem County Vocational Technical School to receive $200,000 for offshore wind program

Officials say this will increase manufacturing in South Jersey in an emerging field with great demand.
SALEM COUNTY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- New Jersey's push to become America's leader in wind energy just got another boost, and it's going to help even more people get jobs.

The state is giving funding to the Salem County Vocational Technical School to support programs geared toward the offshore wind industry.

This effort falls right in line with Governor Phil Murphy's vision for New Jersey becoming a global leader in the offshore wind industry.

This is also a great opportunity for Salem County now that its vocational technical school will get a $200,000 financial boost to fund equipment, materials and training.

The program will prepare high school students and adult workers for jobs in welding, painting and manufacturing in the rapidly growing offshore wind industry.

"Our teacher, Mr. Keith, has done a great job explaining to the students the value of what it's going to look like and where the jobs are," said Jason Helder, principal of Salem County Vocational Technical School.

Senior Project Ambassador Julia Kortrey added, "Very rarely do we get to be a part of the birth of a brand new industry. And this industry not only provides an opportunity for clean energy for the state, but just as importantly an opportunity for high quality jobs and economic growth."

Officials say this will increase manufacturing in South Jersey in an emerging field with great demand.

The goal they say is for New Jersey to be the future capital of offshore wind.

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