GWO Training

New College Institute Builds Innovation Center for Wind Turbine Technicians

NCI offers the combination of GWO certified Basic Safety (BST) and Basic Technical Training (BTT)

New College Institute, located in Martinsville, Virginia, is focused on getting to the future faster, which is great for those looking for careers in growth areas.

Achieving GWO certification in both safety and technical training for wind turbine technicians, New College Institute’s work is a part of its creation of an innovation center, according to Brian Pace, who also is Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing for the college.

The wind industry is expected to add as many as 900 jobs through the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, with the first turbines installed in U.S. federal waters in June 2020. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates a wind turbine technician career as one of the hottest growth areas through 2029.

Here’s what The innovation center does in the wind turbine sector:

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New College Institute’s STAGS Robotics Team Awarded $32,000

March 25, 2021 ­– New College Institute’s FIRST Robotics Team known as the STAGS (Students Technologically Advancing for Greater Success) was awarded $32,000 through grants and contributions to the New College Foundation (NCF).

“These awards were made possible through the generosity of CITGO Petroleum (on behalf of Hutchens Eden-Rentz), Truist Foundation and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corp contributing $4,000, $10,000 and $18,000, respectively,” shared Kevin DeKoninck, NCF Executive Director.

“NCI is grateful for the generosity and support of our STAGS Robotics Team,” said Karen Jackson, Interim Executive Director at NCI. “Inspiring students across diverse, rural communities to become science and technology leaders and innovators is the heart of this program, and generous investments like these will better equip the STAGS Team to realize success.”

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New Radford University Master’s Degree Coming to NCI

Starting Fall 2021, Radford University is bringing its Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree to New College Institute.

The graduate degree allows students to prepare for careers across various areas of expertise and industries, such as government, financial institutions, public relations firms, higher education, and health education. Students in the program will explore courses in public relations, organizational communication, political communication, interactive media and analytics, and more.

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Dr. Barry Dorsey

New College Institute Statement on the Passing of Barry Dorsey


The board and staff of New College Institute (NCI) are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Barry Dorsey, NCI’s first executive director and a strong community leader throughout Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.

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