PLAINFIELD, Ind., June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy, through its shareholder-funded foundation, is awarding over $220,000 in grants to support 15 workforce development programs in nine Indiana counties.
The grants support workforce education and training programs that address the most pressing skill gaps in communities served by the company.
"We recognize that, for a variety of reasons, not all people have equal access to the same educational and training opportunities as others," said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. "We can help improve that access by making investments in training and education where it is needed most."
Examples of programs supported by the grants include:
Below is the full list of the organizations, locations and the grants they received:
The ARC of Indiana Foundation
Erskine Green Training Institute
Offers postsecondary vocational opportunities for Duke Energy customers with disabilities to empower them and lead to meaningful employment
Delaware/Duke Energy-served counties
Bona Vista Programs
Workforce Development Programs: Pre-Employment Transition Services and Opportunity Knocks!
Support individuals with disabilities to successfully learn necessary skills for community employment
Columbus Area Chamber Foundation
Support partnership efforts to grow innovation-driven business in the Bartholomew-Brown-Monroe region
Community Education Coalition
Expand work-based learning programs, launch career awareness and outreach strategies to successfully grow the pipeline of skilled workers in the area
Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network
Workforce Recovery, Talent Pathway Initiative
Develop two talent pathways, one in health care and the other in construction, which will provide work-based learning opportunities and degree programs
Heartland Career Center
Heartland Career Center Adult Certification Training Center Expansion Project
Expand the center's educational footprint to become the first adult training facility within a 30-mile radius in the region
Indiana 4-H Foundation
4-H Powers the Energy Industry
Provide youth the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of electricity, renewable energy technologies and conservation
Indiana Talent Network
IN Talent Networks
Connect state systems with resources and a forum to collaborate on talent pipeline for underserved populations
Johnson County Community Foundation
Employer Resource Network
Help community resources provide employees relief for issues such as reliable transportation, child care, housing challenges, etc.
Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana
Advancing STEM through Career Awareness with JA
Provide young people with the combination of technical skills, specifically in science, technology, engineering and math, and non-technical skills to succeed in the future job market
LTHC Homeless Services
Provide a range of programs to help individuals experiencing homelessness and help them obtain employment
Target three sectors: advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity training and employment; supply more housing construction by training additional workers
River Valley Resources
JAG Industry Exposure Opportunities
Increase industry exposure for students by providing career and industry tour opportunities; host the first ever regional event featuring trade-only employers and educators
White's Residential and Family Service
Growing Teens for Life
Gives teens hands-on work experience and vocational certifications in areas such as food service, hospitality, logistics and barista services
Western Indiana Survey and Work Experience Grant
Provide critical data that will support strategies aimed at engaging low-income and diverse populations succeed
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars.
In Indiana, the Foundation provides approximately $2 million in charitable gifts to a wide variety of nonprofit groups.
More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana's largest electric supplier.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.
Media contact: Lew Middleton
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