CVCC Receives Generous Grants from Duke Energy

Funds are pivotal in assisting the college with new projects, degree programs, and several initiatives


recipients of Duke Energy Check

HICKORY, N.C.— Over the past year, The CVCC Foundation, Inc. was honored to receive multiple grants from Duke Energy. Funds were pivotal in assisting the college with new projects, new degree programs, and the continuation of several initiatives which make a difference in the lives of our students.

Thanks to Duke Energy, the following programs and organizations received support: $50,000 to the CVCC Sustainability Technologies degree program at CVCC’s Alexander Center, the latest associate degree added to the college curriculum; $2,000 to Redhawk Publications, an in-house publishing group; $9,500 to the CVCC SkillsUSA chapter; $2,500 to support CVCC Engineering and Robotics students with their Lake Norman Submersible project; and funds to support the Juvenile Community Restart program, which launched last fall.

“The Community Colleges in North Carolina provide the much needed, in-demand training for success,” says Robin Nicholson, District Manager of Duke Energy. “Our support of many of the programs at Catawba Valley Community College reinforces our understanding of these needs and helps provide the essential groundwork for these various programs. Duke Energy is proud to support CVCC and our region’s community colleges.”

Brice Melton, Vice President of Teaching and Learning at CVCC, believes that the financial commitment from Duke Energy is instrumental in the support of programs which are crucial to the student experience. “Duke Energy’s generosity has impacted students across the college,” shares Melton. “[These funds] allow the college to purchase new equipment to help train students in the Sustainability Technology program. Duke Energy also supports CVCC students in state and national SkillsUSA competitions, where our students can showcase the skills they have acquired during the course of their studies at CVCC.”

Catawba Valley Community College anticipates continued growth of its programs and academic offerings throughout the rest of the semester.

“Duke Energy is an invaluable partner in providing opportunities for CVCC students to gain skills that help them attain their educational and career goals and that meet local business and industry talent needs,” said Foundation Executive Director and Chief Development Officer Jennifer Jones. “The CVCC Foundation is honored by Duke Energy’s choice to faithfully and generously invest in the lives of CVCC students, programs, and projects through gifts to the Foundation.”

For more information about the CVCC Foundation Inc. or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Jones at


Pictured (L-R): CVCC President Garrett Hinshaw, Robin Nicholson, Jennifer Jones, and Kelly Farr gather at the check presentation on the afternoon of December 12th, 2023.

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