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Massachusetts-based Bristol Community College (BCC) will offer a new certificate program to prepare local residences for the rise of an offshore wind industry in the U.S. The announcement came Thursday, a day after the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held the nation's first-ever offshore wind auction.

According to a SouthCoastToday report, the college's two-semester program will launch at its New Bedford, Mass., campus in the fall and include four courses. The courses will focus on a range of wind-related technology and practices.

At a ceremony Thursday, a BCC official said, "This is a program that is essential to run in New Bedford to give residents the skill sets they need to be part of our offshore wind energy future.”

To read the full SouthCoastToday report, click here.



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