Duke Energy awards $147,592 to Cape Fear Community College to expand course offerings in Pender County
Duke Energy and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) today announced a $147,592 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to establish certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs at CFCC’s Burgaw Center in Pender County.
Grant funds will be used to outfit a new welding lab at the Burgaw Center, including purchasing specialized equipment and modifying the facility. The Duke Energy grant will also cover part of the costs of materials.
“Cape Fear Community College is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and we look forward to making these training programs more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy’s commitment to job training in our area,” said Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC president.
“Our partnership with Cape Fear Community College develops a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president – North Carolina.
This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Since 2004, Duke Energy has awarded $15 million in grants to 24 community colleges within the Duke Energy Carolinas service area. This new $6.7 million investment also includes community colleges located in the Duke Energy Progress service area.
Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation for the Carolinas (Duke Energy Carolinas customers) or NC Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.
About Duke Energy Foundation
Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community/.