PEMBROKE — Duke Energy Foundation has made $50,000 investment with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to promote workforce development by providing real-life work opportunities that prepare students and recent graduates for 21st century careers.
The grant will allow UNCP to coordinate regional public-private partnerships to develop internship opportunities. The internships allow students to receive hands-on, relevant work experience that leads to permanent employment opportunities in their course of study. The internships also benefit employers and help the region’s economy.
Dr. Cammie Hunt, associate vice chancellor for Engaged Outreach, initiated the grant application for UNCP. She thanked Duke Energy for a program that meets some of UNCP students’ most critical needs.
“Many of our students must work to pay for college, and this program puts them in internships that help them financially while giving them meaningful work experience,” Dr. Hunt said. “We have many talented students who can contribute greatly to area businesses. We are grateful to Duke Energy for this important grant.”
As part of its commitment to attract and retain businesses within its service area, Duke Energy provides funding to workforce development initiatives to help prepare the next generation for successful careers. These initiatives advance economic development and increase employment opportunities.
The North Carolina Community Foundation has been enlisted to manage the grant program at six North Carolina public universities. Duke Energy’s total investment is $2 million at East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, NC State University, UNC Asheville, UNC Wilmington and UNCP.