Four Triad community colleges have earned a share of more than $900,000 in grants from Duke Energy  to support apprenticeship programs at eight schools across the state.

The grants fulfill the company’s 2017 commitment to fund $5 million in apprenticeship programs at North Carolina community colleges. Sharing $399,500 are:

  • Alamance Community College ($179,000);
  • Davidson County Community College ($125,000);
  • Forsyth Tech Community College ($50,000);
  • Surry Community College ($45,500).

The funds will help support their programs that partner the schools with businesses to develop the workforce of tomorrow.

“We are so grateful for Duke Energy’s support of our apprenticeship programs,” said Peter Hans, president of the N.C. Community College System. “Students in the programs receive hands-on learning while earning a paycheck and gaining specialized skills. Apprenticeships have increased rapidly at community colleges because employers recognize their value in building the workforce of the future.”

Since 2004, Duke Energy has provided $45 million in funding to North Carolina community colleges.