CLINTON, N.C. – Duke Energy and Sampson Community College today announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.
“Sampson Community College is grateful for the grant support of $250,000 from Duke Energy to enable our Industrial Systems Technology Program to acquire equipment that will provide state-of-the-art training for our students. The Duke Energy grant funds will be used to purchase a six-module simulation system which will provide integrated training in industrial automation,” said Dr. Paul Hutchins, president of the college.
Together, the mar stations will teach highly desired troubleshooting and technical skills used within the industry. Through this partnership and the financial support of Duke Energy, the Industrial Automation Enhancement (IAE) initiative has the potential to assist 63 percent of Sampson County’s industry by enhancing the current and incoming workforce to narrow the skills gap, to ensure these industries remain productive and profitable.
“Sampson Community College is committed to equipping its students with the skills needed to compete in emerging sectors of today’s economy,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations. “We’re excited to make this important investment in this region in order to serve the needs of the rapidly growing advanced manufacturing sector.”
This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the NC Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.
About Sampson Community College
The mission of Sampson Community College is to provide accessible and affordable education, workforce training, and lifelong enrichment. This mission is accomplished through effective teaching, student support, public outreach, and partnering with others 2 to improve the quality of life for the people of Sampson County. For more information about the variety of academic programs, call 910-592-8081 or visit www.sampsoncc.edu.
About Duke Energy Foundation
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. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.
Contact: Dr. Paul Hutchins, Sampson Community College
Contact: Meredith Archie, Duke Energy
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