(Winston-Salem, N.C.) – Duke Energy and Forsyth Technical Community College today announced a $248,088 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.
The funds will purchase a mechatronics learning system that integrates mechanical, electrical, electronic and computerized control-systems.
The sophisticated learning system will expose students to automated processes found on a flexible manufacturing line. The equipment package includes components that mirror what companies in the region use on their production lines, enabling Forsyth Tech to train students and incumbent workers alike.
“Mechatronics skills are in high demand across the region,” said Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green. “We listened to what our industry partners were telling us they needed when we developed our proposal. Thanks to Duke Energy, we will have a new way to help our partners and the entire region be more competitive.”
“Our partnership with Forsyth Technical 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.
About Forsyth Technical Community College
Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers: associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study; programs that promote personal and professional development with non-credit courses and seminars; and customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full- and part-time faculty. A leader in training students and incumbent workers to meet the needs of the region’s advanced industries, Forsyth Tech was a pilot site for the National Association of Manufacturers’ Endorsed Skills Certification System.
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 www.duke-energy.com/community/.
Jimmy Flythe, Director – West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas, presents a $248,000 check to Forsyth Tech President Dr. Gary Green that the college will use to purchase a mechatronics learning system.