Grow Wabash County receives $15,000 Duke Energy grant for Heartland project

Wabash County, IN __Grow Wabash County has secured $15,000 in grant funding from Duke Energy on behalf of Heartland Career Center (HCC).

The Duke Energy Powerful Communities Grant focuses on developing workforce development training programs, namely ones that provide opportunities for under-represented, low income residents.

“The Heartland Career Center can change the future for low-income, unemployed workers and their families by giving them skills that lead to good jobs,” said Kevin Johnston, Duke Energy community relations manager for Wabash County. “Workforce development efforts like this are one of the priorities of our company’s shareholder-funded foundation.”

The $15,000 awarded to Grow Wabash County will be utilized to help HCC build a 35,000 sq.-ft Adult Certification Learning Center that will house a variety of adult vocational training programs that are based on local workforce needs.

“We are honored to once again partner with Duke Energy on supporting another great project in Wabash County. The expansion of the Heartland Career Center to allow for additional programming in advanced manufacturing and health care, along with new adult education opportunities fills a great need for not only our residents but our business community as well,” said Keith Gillenwater, President & CEO of Grow Wabash County. “We would like to thank Duke Energy, the Duke Energy Foundation, the team at Heartland Career Center, and everyone who has had a hand in bringing this project to fruition.”

Some of the funds will also help HCC purchase the necessary course materials and equipment to provide students a high-quality training experience that will help them transition seamlessly into gainful employment.

“The Learning Center will positively impact unemployed or underemployed populations in our region and will in turn help families and business and industry,” Mark Hobbs, director of Heartland Career Center, said. “We are grateful for community partners like Duke Energy for their support of our efforts in gathering financial matching dollar support as we continue to feel optimistic about the $5 million federal grant we are pursuing.”

Grow Wabash County thanks Duke Energy for their continued partnership and their enthusiastic support for the many big-picture initiatives in Wabash County that are creating new and impactful opportunities for all Wabash County residents.

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