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Duke Energy awards $151,058 to Piedmont Community College

Published Monday, May 19, 2014
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) has received a $151,058 investment grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to enhance PCC’s Electrical Power Plant Technology and Electrical Systems Technology programs to address skill gaps identified by eight employer partners.

Targeted skill sets include Programmable Logic Controller operation, basic networking, electrical instrumentation and problem-solving. Program enhancements will prepare graduates for current and projected job openings in the advanced manufacturing and electrical utility industries.

“The funds from this Duke Energy Foundation grant will provide a boost to these two programs and will enable the College to provide up-to-date training that leads to employment for our graduates,” said Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC president. “We are grateful for the partnership PCC enjoys with Duke Energy, and we appreciate this grant.”

“Our partnership with Piedmont Community College develops a highly skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy’s state president – North Carolina.

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

Piedmont Community College provides lifelong learning, educational and training programs to help prepare today’s global workforce as well as cultural opportunities for Person and Caswell counties. Its campuses are located in Roxboro, N.C., and Yanceyville, N.C.. For more information, please visit our website:

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Over the foundation’s long history in local communities, it has identified focus areas that maximize the foundation’s dollars and guide the foundation’s giving. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit


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Piedmont Community College has received a grant from Duke Energy Foundation to enhance its Electrical Power Plant Technology and Electrical Systems Technology programs. Pictured from left are PCC faculty and staff Roland Roberts, Debra Seamster, and Kelly Schelin; Duke Energy district manager Tanya Evans; PCC President Dr. Walter Bartlett; and PCC instructor Mac McCormick.