Duke Energy donates $1.4 million to support NC job readiness

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Charlotte-based Duke Energy is donating $1.4 million in grants to 26 North Carolina educational and nonprofit organizations that support job readiness.

Duke said this week the grants will help fund initiatives that address regional skills gaps, expand economic opportunities and improve workforce development.

“Now more than ever before, employers are looking for workers with industry-specific training and real-world knowledge,” said David Fountain, North Carolina president of Duke Energy.

The grants come from the Duke Energy Foundation. Some grants include $140,000 for Foundation of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which will go to fund a scholarship program for engineering students; $20,000 for MeckEd to fund work-based learning experiences for high school students; and $45,000 for Urban League of Central Carolinas, to help pay for training in construction and skilled trades.

A full list of the 26 grant recipients can be found here.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta