The Duke Energy Foundation has given Wayne Community College $18,170 for its Camp Kilowatt.
This is the sixth year of the camp and of the energy company’s support of it through a grant to the Foundation of Wayne Community College.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides grants to charitable nonprofit organizations in alignment with the Foundation’s areas of focus: environment, economic development, education, and community vitality.
The four-day camp for middle and high school students explores alternative energy as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas of electronics, sustainability, mechanical engineering, and industrial systems.
It is being held July 14-17 on the college’s campus in Goldsboro.
The Duke Energy Foundation funds allowed organizers to provide hands-on experiences and materials the campers could keep. It also made it possible for the camp to offer scholarships for those who needed them and increase participation from 40 to 50 campers.
“Our partnership with Wayne 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.
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 area. 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.
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 www.duke-energy.com/community/.
The Foundation of Wayne Community College is a non-profit organization that works to broaden the base of community support for educational opportunities at the college. The Foundation assisted WCC students with more than 250 scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. It also provides funding for innovative campus projects and employee recognition, and offers cultural programs for the community.
Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 15,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.