Cape Fear Community College today announced a $200,000 investment from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The funds will be used to connect students with hands-on training and career development opportunities through CFCC’s Power Line Technician Program.
The investment will be used for tuition and equipment for the program, including trucks, trailers, poles and line worker toolkits.
“There is a tremendous need for power line technicians in our region,” said Jim Morton, CFCC president. “We are very pleased to be working with Duke Energy to offer this training program for our area. This partnership will help us provide highly-trained employees to meet industry demands in this lucrative field. The college is excited to connect students with this opportunity.”
Representatives from Duke Energy presented the grant to CFCC today during a ceremony at CFCC’s Advanced and Emerging Technologies building, followed by student demonstrations.
“We rely on the skills and expertise of line workers to power our daily lives and depend on this vital role in maintaining and growing the state’s energy infrastructure,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We’re pleased to partner with Cape Fear Community College to cultivate training and education opportunities for line workers of the future.”
This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $35 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Applications were reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.