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Tuesday, May 24 • 11:20am - 12:10pm
Labor for Offshore Wind: How Will There Be Enough Skilled Workers?

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Recognizing the anticipated growth in the offshore wind and renewable energy sectors, academic institutions and workforce organizations are creating programs to prepare for jobs in this emerging industry. But will these efforts be enough? What strategies are they taking? This panel uncovers labor market challenges specific to the needs of the offshore wind industry focusing on the size of workforce, and discusses training in technical and transferrable skills, and the needed commitments from trade schools and academia.  

Available for CEUs from APA, AIA & ASLA
Panel sponsored by Ørsted

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Erik Antokal

Head of Workforce Development, Ørsted
Erik Antokal, Ørsted’s director of workforce development is an experienced program designer and worker advocate specializing in skilled trades careers and inclusion of over-burdened groups in those careers. He specializes in building racial and gender equity through mutually beneficial... Read More →
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Bahar Zoghi

Assistant Dean, Farmingdale State College
Dr. Bahar Zoghi joined the Farmingdale faculty in 2008. She is the leader of wind energy research at the campus’ Renewable Energy and Sustainable Center, and she won the Farmingdale College Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.Her research interests are in the area... Read More →
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Summer Sandoval

Energy Democracy Coordinator, UPROSE
Summer Sandoval is the energy democracy coordinator at UPROSE. In this role, Summer leads many energy democracy campaigns from developing Sunset Park Solar (NY's first community solar cooperative), fighting peaker power plants with the PEAK Coalition, and implementing a local Just... Read More →
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Jen Becker

Managing Director, Wind Institute Development, NJEDA
Jen Becker is the managing director of wind institute development at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) where she leads New Jersey’s efforts on offshore wind workforce training, education, research, and innovation. She has 25 years of experience crafting programs... Read More →
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James Paylor, Jr.

Assistant General Organizer, International Longshoremen’s Association
James Paylor was unanimously re-elected as assistant general organizer of the International Longshoremen’s Association at the union’s 2019 quadrennial convention. Prior to his election in 2015 to one of the ILA’s top seven international executive officers positions, he served... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2022 11:20am - 12:10pm EDT
Room 115 (1st Floor)