Duke Energy awards $209,876 to Cleveland Community College

SHELBY, N.C. Duke Energy and Cleveland Community College today announced a $209,876 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The funds will be used to support the Advanced Welding and Automation Training Using Simulators and Robots project, training students in the use of welding simulation and robotics applications. It focuses on supplying a workforce for new and expanding industry in Cleveland County.

According to College President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg, “Cleveland Community College prides itself on training students in the latest technology needed to be successful in local industry and our welding and automation programs are no exception. This grant will keep our students one step ahead in the areas of advanced welding and automation simulation and robotics.”

“Our partnership with Cleveland 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 $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges in support of technical education that help recruit new and retain existing industries in North Carolina.

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 Cleveland Community College

Cleveland Community College provides diverse and accessible learning opportunities to meet the educational and training needs of our community. To learn more about Cleveland Community College, visit www.clevelandcc.edu.

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/.

Picture included: Duke Energy District Manager Craig DeBrew presents a $209,876 check to CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg as part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges in support of technical education that will help to recruit new and retain existing industries in North Carolina. Pictured L-r: Eddie Holbrook, Senior Dean, Development and Governmental Relations; CCC President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg; Duke Energy District Manager Craig DeBrew; Discipline Coordinator, Welding, Tim Wisher; Discipline Coordinator, Automation Engineering, Paul Weeks; and CCC Grants Development Coordinator, Emily Sisk.

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