Duke Energy recently said it is investing approximately $1.4 million in various North Carolina nonprofit and educational organizations that aim to boost job readiness.
The investment is an important part of preparing North Carolina’s worldwide, quickly changing economy. The 26 grants to education and nonprofit groups will help create a workforce that has qualified skills and job seekers who have connections with employers located throughout the state.
"Now more than ever before, employers are looking for workers with industry-specific training and real-world knowledge," David Fountain, Duke Energy president-North Carolina, said. "We're proud to support programs across North Carolina that produce skilled workers who bring new ideas and innovations to our lives."
All of the funds will help improve the initiatives and programs that already aim to resolve regional skills gaps. The workforce development and economic opportunities will all be heightened thanks to the investment. Both of these are vital to four investment opportunities at the Duke Energy Foundation.
"Duke Energy Foundation's support of disabled veterans continues to make a positive difference in the lives of many," Richard Salem, chairman and CEO for Enable America, said. "We are grateful for Duke Energy's continued investments to improve employment opportunities for those we serve through the Enable America employment-assistance programs."