Tuesday, April 16, 2024
HomeSchoolsEnergy Department Taps Youngstown State for Battery Manufacturing Project

Energy Department Taps Youngstown State for Battery Manufacturing Project

-

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has officially partnered with Youngstown State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop more educated, highly-skilled workers for the battery manufacturing industry. 

This $1 million collaboration will play a pivotal role in the development of the Energy Storage Workforce Innovation Center. As a Midwest training hub, the center will primarily be used to 

build a quality workforce in the “Voltage Valley” of Northeastern Ohio as investments in the region have continued to grow.

“It is essential that we prepare a workforce that will lead the next generation of energy storage technologies into practice. Our investment will help continue the region’s reputation of meeting the nation’s manufacturing needs,” US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette stated.

This initiative follows on the heels of the department’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a program seeking to harness the technological capabilities of DOE National Laboratories and partner universities to “accelerate the development of energy-storage technologies.”

According to the Energy Storage Grand Challenge roadmap, DOE aims to expedite innovation in the areas of storage technology and workforce education under these three concepts:  Innovate Here, Make Here, and Deploy Everywhere. 

Developing Additional Partnerships

This project is among other developing collaborations between the government and higher education institutions that recognize the power of education in establishing a more competent workforce.

SUNY previously launched the Offshore Wind Training Institute with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which will train 2,500 workers needed by the offshore wind industry in order to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

Meanwhile, the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and George Washington University collaborated to include content aligned with NAHQ’s industry-standard Healthcare Quality Competency Framework into a graduate-level course available in GW School of Nursing.

You Might Also Like

Latest Posts

13 Best College Traditions in the US to Ignite School Spirit

From quirky practices, festival-esque activities, and food-filled events, check out this round up of the best college traditions across the US.

12 Best Books for College Students: 2024 Must-Reads

Boost academic progress with the best books for college students, ranging from self-help to thought-provoking fiction and tips to make a lasting reading habit.

These 10 US Colleges Offer Awesome Work-Study Programs

Work-study programs aren't just about easing your financial load — they're backstage passes to real-world experiences, skill-building, and building meaningful connections.