Duke Energy creates job training opportunities through $900,000 in grants to North Carolina community colleges

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  • Grants to support apprenticeship programs at 8 community colleges

  • Funds fulfill company’s $5 million commitment made in 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today announced it has awarded $903,828 in grants to support apprenticeship job training programs at eight community colleges in North Carolina.

The grants fulfill the company’s 2017 commitment to fund $5 million in apprenticeship programs at community colleges across the state.

Since 2004, Duke Energy has provided a total of $45 million in funding to North Carolina community colleges.

“We are so grateful for Duke Energy’s support of our apprenticeship programs,” said Peter Hans, president of the NC Community College System. “Students in the programs receive hands-on learning while earning a paycheck and gaining specialized skills. Apprenticeships have increased rapidly at community colleges because employers recognize their value in building the workforce of the future.”

“North Carolina’s community colleges are essential to train the workforce that businesses rely on,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “As we partner to bring more companies to North Carolina and build a smarter energy future, community colleges are critical to upgrade workforce skills to meet new job demands.”

The eight colleges below have received grant awards in this round of funding:

Community College

Program Name

Grant Award

Alamance Community College

Adults for Industrial Development


Davidson County Community College

Davidson and Davie Apprenticeship Consortium


Durham Technical Community College

Electrical Line Technician


Forsyth Technical Community College

LEAP Forsyth Tech: Learn and Earn Apprenticeship


Gaston College

Apprenticeship 321


Surry Community College

Surry/Yadkin Apprenticeship


Western Piedmont Community College

Apprenticeship Burke


Wilkes Community College

Apprenticeship Wilkes


These grants represent the sixth and final round of funding in the $5 million Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas Community College Apprenticeship Grant program announced in April 2017. Through this program, 23 community colleges have received funding, connecting more than 2,800 student participants across 36 North Carolina counties with high-value job opportunities.

The apprenticeship grant program was administered by North Carolina Community Foundation and Foundation For The Carolinas. Award decisions were made by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Previous awards from the apprenticeship grant program include the community colleges listed below:

 Blue Ridge Community College

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Cape Fear Community College

Carteret Community College

Central Carolinas Community College

Cleveland Community College

Craven Community College

Davidson County Community College

Durham Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Gaston College

Johnson Community College

Montgomery Community College

Pitt Community College

Randolph Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

South Piedmont Community College

Vance-Granville Community College

Wayne Community College

Western Piedmont Community College



Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 29,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 2,300 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve 7.8 million retail electric customers in six states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to 1.6 million customers in five states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

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