The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to four S.C. organizations to fund initiatives designed to enhance and diversify the energy industry’s future workforce.
“We are making strategic investments in South Carolina to help build a talented workforce that drives economic prosperity for all,” Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, S.C. state president for Duke Energy, said in a news release. “We have a long history of targeting investments to have the greatest impact for our communities. These grants continue that tradition and will help strengthen the workforce pipeline needed to fuel the Palmetto State’s economic engine now, and in the years to come.”
The grants were awarded to:
- Clover School District to create a first-of-its-kind program in the state — a partnership with York Technical College, Clover School District and York District — to implement a utility lineworker certification program for high school students.
- S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities to provide nine $5,000 scholarships to junior or senior engineering students at qualifying independent colleges and universities in Duke Energy’s service areas.
- Tri-County Technical College to support a marketing program aimed at increasing the number of women, minorities and veterans pursuing engineering and mechatronics degrees.
- Florence-Darlington Technical College to support an effort to recruit and retain women and minorities in the field of engineering technology through a mentorship program that pairs students with leaders in the engineering field.