Duke Energy Awards $250,000 to Catawba Valley Community College’s Foundation

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of CVCC; and Robin Nicholson, community relations manager for Duke Energy.

Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of CVCC; and Robin Nicholson, community relations manager for Duke Energy.

Duke Energy and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) today
announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds, given
to the CVCC Foundation, Inc., will be used to equip and renovate space at CVCC’s
future Alexander Applied Technologies Building located across the street from the
current CVCC Alexander Center in Taylorsville.

Community college leaders, along with county officials, are working to create a
manufacturing technologies center, including state-of-the-art welding and metallurgy
training, as well as advanced technology upholstery, cutting and sewing. The labs will
tie directly to industry needs and will help prepare the regional workforce to gain skills
required by employers.

“Duke Energy’s grant will help us create a unique training facility for Alexander County
that helps meet the needs of local employers,” said Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of
CVCC. “Duke Energy’s support will help develop a metallurgy lab needed by welding

“Our partnership with Catawba Valley Community College develops a highly skilled
workforce that will help attract and retain jobs in the region for years to come,” said
Robin Nicholson, Duke Energy’s community relations manager.

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in North Carolina’s
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.

About Catawba Valley Community College
Catawba Valley Community College is an accredited, comprehensive North Carolina
community college serving Catawba and Alexander counties. More than 4,500 students
are enrolled in college credit courses and more than 10,000 students are enrolled in
short-term, non-credit learning opportunities. It offers programming in Hickory, Newton
and Taylorsville and in many community and workplace locations. For more information,
visit www.cvcc.edu.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth,
progress, and general welfare of CVCC.

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. 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/.

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