Duke Energy is donating $4.1 million to Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development. The grant will allow Clemson to expand its online resources that are used in work-training programs by technical colleges and K-12 education to better train students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills.
“Duke Energy recognizes that workforce development and economic development go hand in hand,” Duke South Carolina President Clark Gillespy said in a statement. “The Center for Workforce Development, through its far-reaching partnerships, addresses the challenges of creating next-generation engineers, technicians and scientists so the region and nation can continue to be competitive in a global marketplace.”
The grant was announced at the Columbia Convention Center on Thursday.
Duke officials say the gift is part of the company’s commitment to expand South Carolina’s manufacturing base, with education programs specifically geared towards advanced manufacturing. Clemson is tasked with distributing the funds to its partner schools. The center is currently partnered with all 16 of the state’s technical colleges and hopes to eventually expand to K-12 education.