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DOE Calls for Diverse Teams for 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the opening of applications for the 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC). This annual competition is aimed at providing real-world experience in technology, project development, and outreach to prepare the future wind energy workforce. The deadline for interested teams to apply is June 15, 2023, at 4:59 p.m. MT.
With the U.S. wind energy industry expected to create more jobs to meet the goal of a 100% carbon-free electric grid by 2035, the CWC, which began in 2014, offers college students a unique opportunity to gain skills, knowledge, and professional relationships that will help them secure jobs in the wind and wider renewable energy industries.
According to Jim Ahlgrimm, the acting director of the Wind Energy Technologies Office, the competition has successfully engaged students from different academic backgrounds and has helped many of them build their careers in clean energy, contributing to the nation’s clean energy goals.
The CWC is open to teams from diverse academic institutions, including minority-serving institutions and community colleges, and encourages the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds. To date, the competition has attracted 19 minority-serving institutions, including Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions, as well as two community colleges partnering with 4-year colleges and universities.
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