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CCC & TI Awarded Grant From Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in support of the college’s Electrical Lineworker program. CCC&TI was one of eleven North Carolina community colleges to receive funding as part of Duke Energy’s $350,000 investment to create a pipeline of skilled lineworkers to help meet the energy industry’s future workforce needs.

The funds will be used by grantees for diversity recruitment, equipment, materials and program marketing. The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $6.7 million over the past five years in support of workforce development programs with a focus on the energy sector. Robin Nicholson, Duke Energy Corporation’s Government and Community Relations District Manager, made a formal presentation to college officials on December 15, 2023.

CCC&TI’s Electrical Lineworker program, which is offered on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson as part of the Energy Institute, prepares students for a career as an apprentice for a Journeyman Lineworker. Students develop the knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain and repair indoor and outdoor residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems, and associated power transmission lines.

The 20-week program has attracted students from across the country and boasts a nearly 100-percent job placement rate for graduates. CCC&TI recently expanded the Energy Institute with the launch of a Substation Technician training program. The 8-week Substation Technician program prepares students for a career as a substation maintenance technician or a substation relay technician. Anyone interested in registering for CCC&TI’s Electrical Lineworker or Substation Technician programs can visit www.cccti.edu/Programs/Lineworker.asp or call 828-726-2242 for more information.