For Immediate Release
Duke Energy Awards CVCC 2nd Grant in Past Year
The CVCC Foundation, Inc., received a grant from Duke Energy. The grant will be utilized by Catawba Valley Community College’s School of Business, Industry & Technology to help provide training to fill jobs in the automotive and energy industries.
The $244,915 grant was made possible through Duke Energy’s Community College Grant Program to fund training efforts in manufacturing and related industries in the Duke Energy service area in North Carolina.
The grant will help CVCC convert its machining curriculum to a Computer Integrated Machining based program. With a focus on computer numerical control (CNC) and computer-aided design (CAD) instruction, the college will help produce graduates who can fill the demand for technician-level workers, especially in the South.
A report recently released by the National Skills Coalition showed that 51 percent of all jobs in the American South fall in the technician level jobs. These careers require education and training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree and include machinists—jobs that often pay between $50,000 and $75,000 a year.
Three area companies partnered with CVCC in the grant application. They are Turbocoating Corporation in Hickory, GETRAG Corporation in Newton and Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company in Hickory.
“Despite the perception that manufacturing is waning in our state, the truth is it contributes more to the state’s GDP than any other economic sector,” said John Enamait, CVCC’s Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology. “Advanced manufacturing operations that are strong—and those we want to recruit in this area—rely on a workforce that is highly skilled. This grant will help CVCC develop a workforce that has those skills.”
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 community colleges to extend their expertise, to provide rewarding opportunities for students, and ultimately, to help revitalize manufacturing in the Carolinas.
The Foundation For The Carolinas administers the Duke Energy Community College Grant Program. 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. CVCC first received a grant from Duke Energy in 2005.
The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured (from left) are John Enamait, CVCC Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology; Teresa Biggs, Executive Director of the CVCC Foundation; Brett Carter, President of Duke Energy North Carolina; Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC President; Robin Nicholson, Duke Energy Government & Community Relations Manager for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba & McDowell Counties; Forrest Ferrell, Chairman of the Board of CVCC Trustees; and Charles Snipes, Finance Committee Chair of the CVCC Board of Trustees. Ferrell and Snipes are also CVCC Foundation Board members.