DUKE POWER ANNOUNCES $600,000 CHALLENGE GRANT TO N.C. AND S.C. COMMUNITY COLLEGES
“We have outstanding community colleges in
“Duke Power has been a great partner with community colleges and in economic development within its service area,” said Martin Lancaster, president of North Carolina Community College System. “This grant will help take our community colleges to the next level in
The importance of manufacturing to the economy cannot be overstated. Each manufacturing job supports the creation of 2.5 to 3 additional jobs and the sector is responsible for approximately two-thirds of all private sector research and development.
“We are grateful to Duke Power for its grant to support our college’s training programs and challenge others to do the same. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the company,” said Dr. James Hudgins, president of the South Carolina Technical College System. “Our economic future rests on our ability to train our workers for the changing economy and we must act proactively with industry to prepare our workers for more technical jobs.”
A grant advisory committee with representatives from the state’s department of commerce, regional economic development partnerships and Duke Power will review and award the grants. The grants will match other funds contributed to training programs 2 to 1, or 50 cents for every dollar of new funding raised.
In North Carolina, these funds will support the enhancement of the New and Expanded Industry Training and Focused Industrial Training programs (NEIT and FIT), or their successor programs. In
Community and technical colleges and/or their foundations within Duke Power’s 20,000 square mile service area in
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