Duke Energy awarded CFCC Thursday with $147,592 from the Duke Energy Foundation to establish certified metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding training programs at CFCC's Burgaw Center in Pender County.
According to CFCC, grant funds will be used to outfit a new welding lab at the Burgaw Center, including purchasing, specialized equipment and modifying the facility. The Duke Energy grant will also cover part of the costs of materials.
"Cape Fear Community College is excited to expand our course offerings in Pender County, and we look forward to making these training programs more accessible to our students. This grant underscores Duke Energy's commitment to job training in our area," said Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC president.
"Our partnership with Cape Fear Community College develops a highly-skilled workforce that will attract and retain businesses in the region for years to come," said Paul Newton, Duke Energy's state president – North Carolina.
College officials say 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.
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