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Duke Energy awards $185,000 to Stanly Community College

Duke Energy(February, 21, 2014) Duke Energy and Stanly Community College today announced a $185,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase lathes and mills for the Computer Numerical Control (CNC)-Machining program that students need as part of their practical hands-on instruction.

Industries in Stanly County need skilled machinists. Stanly Community College will address this skills gap by supplying qualified graduates trained in machining, allowing current employers to expand and new industries to fill vacancies.

This project will also provide training in soft skills such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Stanly Community College President Dr. Brenda Kays stated, “The College is extremely grateful for the visionary leadership of the Duke Energy Foundation. Its investment in Stanly County and in our students will greatly enhance the institution’s ability to provide a highly skilled and well-trained workforce for business and industry in Stanly County.

“This investment will also advance economic development goals across the county,” Dr. Kays added. “Stanly Community College is proud to partner with the Duke Energy Foundation. Together we are changing the lives of students in Stanly County.”

“Our partnership with Stanly Community College helps develop a highly skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy state president – North Carolina.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina community colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. Since 2004, Duke Energy has awarded $15 million in grants to 24 community colleges within the Duke Energy Carolinas service territory. This new $6.7 million investment also includes community colleges located in the Duke Energy Progress service area.

Individual community colleges can apply for funds through the Foundation for the Carolinas (Duke Energy Carolinas customers) or NC Community Foundation (Duke Energy Progress customers). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce.

About Stanly Community College

Stanly Community College offers a learning-centered environment that encourages student access and completion, fosters partnerships, enables life-long learning and enhances the economic, social and cultural life of the community. For more information regarding the CNC-Machining program, contact the Eagle’s 1-Stop at (704) 991-0123 or

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. The foundation makes grants supporting the environment, economic development, education and community vitality. In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit

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David Phillips, District Manager, Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy, presents a check for $185,000 to SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays.