Duke Energy awards $250,000 to ICC

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 02:37 AM

Duke Energy and Isothermal Community College (ICC) recently announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to implement the Advanced Skills in Quality project.

The Advanced Skills in Quality project will train individuals that want, have had in the past or already hold positions in machining, manufacturing and quality to help obtain certifications and be ready for high-skilled jobs. Equipment purchased through the Advanced Skills in Quality project will help ICC develop a versatile metrology lab that will be used for advanced manufacturing processes and quality control.

“Isothermal Community College is excited and grateful for the opportunity presented by the Duke Energy Foundation. We have been working toward this project for some time. With Duke Energy’s funds, we can now realize the effort with our students,” said Dr. Amber Thompson, dean of Applied Sciences and Technology.

“Our partnership with Isothermal 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 state president.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina’s 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 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.