Duke Energy awards nearly $1.4 million to jumpstart job readiness in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Preparing tomorrow’s workforce requires action today, particularly in North Carolina’s rapidly evolving, global economy. Duke Energy is investing nearly $1.4 million to jumpstart job readiness through grants to 26 education and nonprofit organizations focused on developing a highly qualified workforce and connecting job seekers with North Carolina employers.
“Now more than ever before, employers are looking for workers with industry-specific training and real-world knowledge,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy president — North Carolina. “We’re proud to support programs across North Carolina that produce skilled workers who bring new ideas and innovations to our lives.”
The grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation, will enhance programs and initiatives that address regional skills gaps, expand economic opportunities and improve workforce development.
Economic and workforce development is one of the Duke Energy Foundation’s four investment priorities.
“Duke Energy Foundation’s support of disabled veterans continues to make a positive difference in the lives of many,” said Richard Salem, chairman of the board and CEO for Enable America. “We are grateful for Duke Energy’s continued investments to improve employment opportunities for those we serve through the Enable America employment assistance programs.”
Funding Duke Energy provides to Enable America in 2016 will continue the VetConnect Job Seeker Workshops at North Carolina military bases, which provides job search instruction and career coaching by leading employers in the state.
Surveys indicate that 70 percent of the job seekers who attended VetConnect workshops have attained employment.
This will be its fourth year serving hundreds of veterans and their families in North Carolina.
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