ATLANTIC CITY — Students in the city who have grown up under the shadow of five massive wind turbines are now getting to understand more about future work in the field through a new live classroom experience launched this week by local developers.

“It was really interesting, and I learned a lot more about something I see every day,” said Antonio Rosado, 16, who is participating in the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City workforce development program through offshore wind developer Ørsted and local construction management agency Jingoli. “I always wondered what they do.”

Rosado and about a dozen other Atlantic City High School students sat Tuesday inside a small meeting room at the Boys and Girls Club on Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of 12 weekly sessions of the live classroom experience.

The live classroom is an initiative of Jingoli’s Competitive Edge program, where students learn about construction, engineering, architecture and related fields. They are mentored and trained by the Jingoli team and outside subject matter experts to learn skills necessary in the world of construction and related trades.

The live classroom’s curriculum will focus heavily on drafting, blueprint reading, construction math, and safety, Jingoli said. The students will learn about offshore wind directly from Ørsted employees. Students also will transform an old shipping container into a usable, self-contained space for Ørsted during construction of its Ocean Wind project off Atlantic City.

Students who complete the program will be connected to internships or employment opportunities with Ørsted, Jingoli and other companies doing business with Ørsted in the area.

At the start of the first session, Kris Ohleth, senior manager of stakeholder engagement at Ørsted, asked the students how many had seen a wind turbine. Everyone raised their hands.

“You’re lucky because in New Jersey, those are the only five large-scale wind turbines in the state. A lot of people have never seen them before,” Ohleth said.

Then she asked how many students had ever seen Atlantic City from the water, and only one or two students raised their hands.

Ohleth told the students that when Ørsted begins construction in the early 2020s on its Ocean Wind farm, they may be the ones who are out on the water helping to build the project.

Rosado hopes to be one of them. He said he joined the program because he was interested in learning about opportunities in wind farm development and construction.

“Because I’m young and I want to enter a workforce that’s not generic,” he said.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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