Duke Energy has donated $95,844.00 to support the Electrical Lineman Training Institute at Forsyth Technical Community College by replacing worn equipment and connecting graduates with potential employers across the region and beyond.
“The strategic partnership between Duke Energy and Forsyth Tech for the education of the next generation of electrical linemen is an excellent example of business-college collaboration for workforce development,” said President of Forsyth Tech Gary Green. “Because of Duke Energy’s generous support, we are providing career opportunities for young people with excellent wages and benefits.”
Duke Energy has collaborated with Forsyth Tech on numerous initiatives to connect students and educators with STEM, literacy and workforce development opportunities in North Carolina.
“Duke Energy is excited to partner again with Forsyth Tech with this grant to the electrical line technician training program,” said Jimmy Flythe, director, West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas. “Forsyth Tech has a great track record of preparing individuals for excellent career paths and this program is no exception. A career in the line technician trade is rewarding, both financially and personally satisfying knowing the importance of powering our economy.”
Check presentation from Duke Energy to Forsyth Tech from left: Alan Proctor, chair, Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees; Sharon Anderson, dean, Community & Economic Development Programs; Jimmy Flythe, director, West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas; Bill Adams, part-time director of Occupational Extension, and Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.
The company’s Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.
A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2018 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Employers” list.