Grants, Press Releases

Duke Energy Grant Supports NCC Electric Line Program

Nash Community College has received a $25,000 grant award from the Duke Energy Foundation to support its Electric Line Construction program. The grant funds will be used for diversity recruitment, instructor stipends, equipment, materials and program marketing.

“We are appreciative of Duke Energy’s long standing support of Nash Community College,” NCC President Dr. Lew Hunnicutt said. “Our Electric Line Construction program is known statewide for preparing students for real-world utility careers at the most superior level. We could not run this program without our utility partners. With this investment, employers will continue to confidently recruit NCC graduates, knowing they have mastered the competencies needed prior to entering the workforce.

Nash Community College’s Electric Line Construction curriculum prepares students for line construction in rural and utility settings through laboratory and practical applications. NCC students master competencies including elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power system, transformer installations, and more. An emphasis on safety is embedded in Nash Community College’s program as students earn OSHA, CDL and CPR certifications during training.

Pictured above, from left: NCC Electric Line Construction instructors Jon O’Boyle and Brandon Shook; NCC VP of Continuing Education & Economic/Workforce Development Wendy Marlowe; Duke Energy Journeyman Line Technician Robert Carter; Duke Energy District Manager and NCC Foundation Board Member, Tanya Evans; Duke Energy Director of Customer Delivery Operations, Greg Whitney; and Melanie Driver, NCC Coordinator of Electric Line Programs.