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Duke Energy Awards CVCC $250,000 Grant



Catawba Valley Community College’s School of Business, Industry & Technology received a $250,000 grant from Duke Energy to support the college’s engineering technology programs.

The grant will help CVCC develop curriculum and training for the latest advanced manufacturing processes. The college will aid local industry by providing a workforce that possesses advanced manufacturing skills to help compete in a global economy.

Three area companies partnered with CVCC in the grant application. They are Poppelmann Plastics USA, LLC, a plastics processing company in Claremont; Turbotec Products, Inc., a manufacturer of coaxial tube in tube heat exchangers and heat transfer tubing; and Z.F. Lemforder, a Tier 1 automotive supplier in Newton that manufactures control arm assemblies.

Ultimately, the grant will help those companies train and hire 30 new employees over the next year and earn wages between 15 and 20 percent higher than the average weekly wage in Catawba Co.

“Today’s advanced manufacturing environments are highly automated, using computer-controlled machinery,” said Crystal Glenn, executive director of CVCC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center. “Technicians must do more than simply turn on automated equipment. They need to be able to program, operate and maintain it. The Duke grant will help us develop the type of training that industry needs.”

Duke Energy has recognized that even though the Carolinas have top-rated community and technical college systems, budgetary constraints present a challenge for them. Duke Energy’s Community and Technical College Grant Program provides a financial boost that helps enable college systems to extend their expertise, to provide rewarding opportunities for students, and ultimately, to help revitalize manufacturing in the Carolinas.

The grant was awarded from the Duke Energy Community College Grant Program, which is managed by Foundation For The Carolinas. The Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation serving the philanthropic needs of donors and a broad range of charitable purposes in North and South Carolina Visit CVCC first received a Duke Energy Community and Technical College Grant in 2006.

Pictured above are (from left) Kelly Farr, board member of the CVCC Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC president; Joni Davis, vice president of government and Community Relations for Duke Energy; and Robin Nicholson, Community Relations Manager for Duke Power.


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