Duke Energy awards $249,526 to Southeastern Community College

Monday, April 25th, 2016

WHITEVILLE, N.C.Duke Energy and Southeastern Community College today announced a $249,526 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation to prepare students for a career in advanced manufacturing.

The funds will be used to replicate the floor of an advanced manufacturing facility through the purchase and installation of a mechatronics manufacturing training system and complimentary hydraulics, pneumatics and mechanical trainers with supporting simulation software.

Project GAME (Growing Advanced Manufacturing Excellence) will enhance current continuing education advanced manufacturing training and establish a Mechatronics Engineering Technology Degree program. This strengthens the pathway from high school to job placement through curriculum that addresses an employer-identified manufacturing skills gaps. Drawing upon the principles of mechatronics, students will master the skills to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated equipment in an integrated manufacturing system. This system’s approach closes the educational loop by incorporating hands-on experience with practical knowledge needed to be a successful multi-skilled technician.

“The equipment that this grant is providing will enable Southeastern Community College to increase our contribution to economic development and educational attainment in Columbus County,” said SCC President Dr. Tony Clarke.

“Southeastern Community College is committed to training a workforce equipped to meet today’s business needs,” said John Elliott, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations. “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the college to develop a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come.”

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina’s 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 Southeastern Community College

Founded in 1964, Southeastern Community College (SCC) is a public, comprehensive community college whose mission is to promote career and educational success for all our students and growth for our community and state through excellence in teaching and learning, student access and completion, economic development, and cultural opportunities. To learn more about SCC, visit www.sccnc.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.

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