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Duke Energy awards $250,000 to Nash Community College

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​Duke Energy and Nash Community College (NCC) have announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used ​to purchase equipment at Nash Community College to assist in​​ ​filling skills gaps for employers using precision machining and cutting processes​. From left, NCC Foundation Board President Craig Worthy, NCC Foundation Board Vice President Kim Sutton, Duke Energy District Manager and NCC Foundation Board Member Tanya Evans, NCC President Dr. Bill Carver and NCC Foundation Executive Director Pat Daniels.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Duke Energy and Nash Community College (NCC) today announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and WaterJet training.

The funding allows NCC to procure the equipment and offer advanced training on CNC Wire EDM and WaterJet machines, filling skills gaps for employers using precision machining and cutting processes. These machines require skills and knowledge of processes currently in demand by industrial employers. The equipment purchased will have the same specifications and capabilities often identical to equipment found in the workplace.

“Duke Energy has been a longstanding partner with Nash Community College to provide a skilled workforce for local and regional careers,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “We appreciate Duke Energy’s commitment to education — an important corporate initiative in providing graduates with opportunities for successful futures.”

“Nash Community College is committed to training a workforce equipped to meet today’s business needs,” said Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans. “We’re excited to make this important investment to attract and retain talented workers in this region for years to come.”

This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry. NCC’s application was reviewed by a committee of representatives from Duke Energy, NC Community College System and NC Department of Commerce and was one of only three grantees to receive a second round of funding.

About Nash Community College
Nash Community College, founded in 1967, is located near the intersection of Interstates 95 and 495 in Rocky Mount. For more information about the college, visit

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