Preparing the community workforce
Duke Energy knows having a prepared workforce is critical to the company – but also to attracting new and expanding businesses.
Investments in community colleges and other educational institutions have been a key driver for economic growth in Duke Energy’s service territories. Graduates offer the technical skills needed to fuel a growing economy.
To ensure students receive the skills needed for success, Duke Energy supports workforce training through a number of investments in regional community colleges.
For example, the company has provided a $250,000 grant to support a budding structural design program at Richmond Community College in North Carolina. The funds are being used to help expand programs in machining, computer-aided drafting and 3D printing – all needed for an expanding industrial base.
South Carolina’s Spartanburg Community College received a grant to expand knowledge in Web development – a skillset that is needed in the region.
Gateway Community and Technical College in Kentucky is helping teach skills to women to pursue careers in fields often dominated by men – especially in the manufacturing sector.
At Nash Community College in North Carolina, a $250,000 grant helps offer training to students on precision machinery that’s used by industrial customers for various cutting processes.
Sandhills Community College in North Carolina received a $250,000 grant to create an expanded state-of-the-art welding program.
Duke Energy embraces the challenge of preparing a workforce that has the specialized skills needed for all types of business. That helps us, but it also helps the industries we serve.