Progress Energy donation helps PCC students
from left are Tanya Evans, Progress Energy representative; Will Carver,
Chairman, PCC Foundation Board; Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President; and GED® students Bertha Marks Gortz, Ronnie
Elliott, Keith Duncan, Joseph Hamrick, William Reaves, Iakee Pettiford, Clinton
Hughes; and Sarah Phelps, instructor.
160 students graduated from Piedmont Community College’s GED® programs in 2011. Thirty-five of
those students chose to continue their studies in curriculum classes at the
College and were granted funds to pay for their first three-credit hour classes
through the Student Incentive program offered by the PCC Foundation.
“With most jobs requiring skills that exceed
high school completion, it is important that we encourage our graduates to
continue their education beyond the high school equivalency diploma. These
grants provide an avenue to help GED® graduates begin their access to
post-secondary education”, said Debra B. Harlow, Adult Basic Skills Program
program continues to grow in popularity and has doubled the number of GED® graduates assisted in the last five
“Although it’s exciting to see the numbers
increase, double over the last five years, it also reveals the need for
additional funding. The Foundation has never turned away a qualified applicant
from the Student Incentive program, and we would like to continue that effort,”
said Beth Townsend, Executive Director, PCC Foundation.
Energy learned about the need and took the opportunity to support the program
with a $50,000 donation which covers half of the budgeted amount for the
2011-2012 academic year.
long-time supporter of Piedmont Community College, Progress Energy has
previously supported the scholarship program, building funds and other yearly
needs. These efforts demonstrate the company’s tremendous dedication to
student, educational and community needs,” said Townsend.
addition to supporting the Student Incentive program this year, Progress Energy
has also donated an additional $5,000 for student scholarships in the area of Electrical
Power Production Technology, Industrial Systems or Electrical Electronics.
Since 2002, Progress Energy has donated a total of $28,750 to this specific
scholarship fund that continues to help students improve their opportunities of
“We are grateful to Progress Energy for
recognizing the needs of PCC students and making such a donation at this
critical time”, said Will Carver, Chairman of the PCC Foundation Board. “We
continue to rely of the support of our community. Without this support, the PCC
Foundation would not exist.”
learn more about the PCC Foundation or to find out how you can make a
difference, please contact Beth Townsend at (336) 599-1181, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
Community page at www.piedmontcc.edu.