Duke Energy awards $212,068 to HCC

By Haywood Community College | Aug 13, 2014

Duke Energy and Haywood Community College (HCC) today announced a $212,068 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.

HCC, in cooperation with Evergreen Packaging, Sonoco, Consolidated Metco and Haywood Vocational Opportunities, will design and implement educational programming for reliability maintenance. Students will learn to prevent costly failures to equipment reliability.

The funds from Duke Energy will be used to design and develop degree and continuing education programs to provide reliability maintenance training for manufacturing facilities. Content experts will create high quality instructional materials and purchase supplies and equipment to upgrade the Industrial Systems Technology instructional laboratories to include reliability maintenance training.

"The Duke Energy grant will help Haywood Community College more effectively respond to our industry partners' needs for high tech, reliability maintenance skills to keep our industry competitive," said said HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker. "Manufacturing is a critical part of the economic development landscape in Western North Carolina."

“Our partnership with Haywood Community College develops a highly skilled workforce that will help attract and retain jobs in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s North Carolina state president.

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 N.C. Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and N.C. Department of Commerce.

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.