The Atlantic Cape Community College recently hosted the New Jersey Pathways to Career Opportunities Infrastructure & Energy Collaborative meeting at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The event was focused on the Center for Workforce Innovation for Renewable Energy and the program included a variety of presentations on wind energy, renewable energy, sustainability, green jobs and other topics. Senator Ed Durr was attended the event, along with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJ DOL) and various workforce organizations and community colleges.
The meeting culminated with an industry panel discussion that included Breanna Datello, NJ CAR Director of NJ CAR Services and Workforce Development and Michael Dooley of Dayton Toyota. They were joined by Erik Antokal of Ørsted and Terence Kelly of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.
Breanna and Mike focused their comments on the industry’s growing need for both general and Electric Vehicle (EV) auto technicians. They also highlighted the importance of having defined career pathways, widespread work study and apprenticeship opportunities and better industry/educator relationships.