Funding will support workforce development and educational programs statewide, including Bartholomew, Clark, Clinton, Dearborn, Hamilton, Huntington, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Monroe, Owen, Putnam, Tippecanoe and Vanderburgh.
PLAINFIELD, Ind. – The Duke Energy Foundation is awarding more than $330,000 in shareholder-funded grants to 16 organizations working to create a pool of skilled workers ready to meet Indiana’s labor needs.
“Without fail, the employers and community leaders I speak to in our service territory cite labor as an area of immediate concern,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “Duke Energy is committed to helping Indiana workers acquire the skills and industry-recognized credentials necessary to meet the current and future needs of the state’s labor market, with the ultimate goal of ‘provide a better quality of life for the customers and communities we serve.’
Among the scholarship recipients is The Indiana Arch Foundation, which aims to create employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2016, the non-profit organization founded the Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) – a one-of-a-kind post-secondary vocational program that provides training in hospitality, catering, healthcare and inventory distribution. Housed within the Courtyard by Marriott at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind., the program offers 10-13 week training sessions during which students complete courses, master key job skills and gain valuable work experience. through an internship.
“Since we opened our doors six years ago, more than 250 EGTI graduates have found employment and gained greater independence in their communities,” said Andy Kirby, executive director of the Arc of Indiana Foundation. . “With the invaluable support of partners like the Duke Energy Foundation, we are able to continue to help make the dream of having a career a reality for Hoosiers with disabilities.”
Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:
- The Arc of Indiana Foundation (Statewide) – $25,000. The funds will support post-secondary job training opportunities for people with disabilities through the nonprofit Erskine Green Training Institute.
- Area 30 Career Center (Putnam County) – $12,000. The funds will support a new forklift handler/operator certification training course and increase the number of Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-B), Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Technician courses certified in logistics (CLT) offered.
- Central Nine Career Center (Johnson County) – $45,213. The funds will support the purchase of a pipe welding system to help high school and adult education students obtain industry certification in pipe welding techniques.
- Columbus Area Chamber Foundation (County of Barthelemy) – $10,000. The funds will support local startups and entrepreneurs through coaching, education and training.
- The Dimensional Mill (Monroe County) – $25,000. The funds will support a 10-week upskilling program for select Monroe County residents to help prepare them for high-paying, in-demand careers in the technology sector.
- Greater Clark County Schools (Clark County) – $25,000. The funds will advance readiness efforts and reduce barriers that prevent students from participating in careers in the skilled trades and energy industry.
- Greater Lafayette Commerce Community and Economic Development Foundation (Tippecanoe County) – $30,000. The funds will help establish the Greater Lafayette Share a Ride to Work pilot program, which aims to help local employers attract and retain employees from a wider geographic area by providing an affordable transportation alternative.
- Hamilton County Community Foundation (Hamilton County) – $25,500. The funds will support the purchase of artificial intelligence and skills mapping software that will be used to maximize residents’ economic mobility and develop creative solutions to local labor shortages.
- Highland Heights Foundation (Clinton County) – $10,000. The funds will support the expansion of workforce development programs by providing production assistants with on-site opportunities to hone their skills and work ethic.
- Huntington University (Huntington County) – $10,000. The funds will support the purchase of drone technology and the training of students enrolled at the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.
- Indiana Region 9 Workforce Council (Dearborn County) – $25,000. The funds will support the technical training of 12 electrician and construction apprentices.
- Southwestern Indiana Junior Achievement (Vanderburgh County) – $10,000. Funds will support a two-day in-person career expo for over 4,000 eighth-12se class students. The funds will also support the nonprofit’s “Adopt-A-School” program, which focuses on investing in local schools.
- Lawrence County Economic Growth Council (Lawrence County) – $25,000. The funds will support the expansion of education and workforce training programs to increase the number of skilled workers in the region.
- Owen County Library (Owen County) – $5,000. The funds will support the expansion of Microsoft training courses, graphic design, 3D printing and laser cutting to build workforce skills in the region.
- Project Will (Statewide) – $20,000. The funds will support the organization’s Leadership, Independence, Neighborly, Knowledge and Skills (LINKS) initiative, which connects young people living with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and/or behavioral health issues to trainings, workshops, virtual classes and on-site experiences to help them achieve their employment goals and gain financial security.
- River Valley Resources (Jefferson County) – $15,000. The funds will support a school-based workforce development program aimed at helping high school juniors and seniors prepare for college and careers.
Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides approximately 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 870,000 customers in a 23,000 square mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electricity supplier. .
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation gives more than $2 million a year in charitable donations to Indiana and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. For more information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.
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