Piedmont Natural Gas, Junior Achievement of Upstate S.C. partner on job shadowing program for high school students

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  • Organizations team up to help create career-ready graduates

GREENVILLE, S.C. Piedmont Natural Gas will welcome 23 students from Wade Hampton High School to its Greenville resource center today as part of a new job shadowing program, the first organized by Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina.

Today’s site visit is the culmination of a larger program designed to help students prepare for careers after graduation.

Students who participate in this program are enrolled in Professional Leadership and Development, an elective at Wade Hampton High School.

Local Piedmont Natural Gas employee Chris Byers has partnered with teacher Anjosia Ellerbe to co-facilitate the job shadowing program, and students already have completed sessions on mock job interviews, resume-writing skills and business etiquette.

“Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina is excited to collaborate with Piedmont Natural Gas and Greenville County Schools on the job shadowing initiative,” said Susan Spencer, director of education and volunteers for Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina. “This is a great example of the partnerships Junior Achievement forges with the business community, educators, foundations and volunteers, all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential.”

“Piedmont Natural Gas is pleased to welcome all of the students participating in the job shadowing program,” said Mike Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. “Piedmont is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, and preparing our young people to be competitive in the global economy of the 21st century is a critical responsibility we all share.”

About Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina

Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina is an affiliate of the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement’s programs – in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy – ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. To learn more, visit www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-upstatesc.

About Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than 1 million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Its subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage, and regulated intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available at www.piedmontng.com.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. 

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