Duke Energy Florida Awards $655,000 in Workforce Grants

Duke Energy Florida is awarding $655,000 in grants to 19 workforce development and education programs as the region tackles economic disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants support education and training programs that address the most pressing skills gaps in communities served by Duke Energy Florida, as well as programs to cultivate the energy sector’s future workforce.

Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida President

“At Duke Energy, we believe philanthropic giving is important to help our cities, our towns and our communities not only survive the current COVID-19 pandemic, but also grow and thrive,” said Catherine Stempien, state president Duke Energy Florida.

“During these unprecedented times, attracting, training and educating a diverse workforce for the future with skills employers need, can help our communities emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient.”

In recent years, Duke Energy has given millions of dollars to bolster organizations that are preparing to meet the industry’s transformation and evolving customer expectations.

One of those organizations is Lake-Sumter State College, which received $120,000 this year to continue support for the college’s Increasing Access to Energy Technology Programs and Careers.

Also, St. Petersburg College is a 2020 recipient of a $100,000 award to support the launch of the Diversity in Energy Initiative in partnership with Duke Energy Florida.

The program will target and recruit historically underserved lower-income, minority and female populations for careers in the energy field and connect them to related educational pathways.

Grant Recipients, Programs and Awards

Tampa Bay area:

  • St. Petersburg College Foundation – Diversity in Energy Initiative, ($100,000).
  • University of South Florida Foundation – Advancing STEM Skills and Environmental Education Across Generations ($75,000).
  • Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation – Elevating Engineering Achievement and Career Attainment ($42,000).
  • South Florida State College Hardee Campus – Powerline System Simulators: Expanding the Learning Experience ($14,150).
  • AmSkills Apprenticeship Foundation – Innovation and Manufacturing Academy ($22,500).
  • Citrus County Education Foundation – Foundation for Success projects ($11,000).
  • United Way of Citrus County – Powering the Workforce ($9,000).

Greater Orlando area:

  • Lake-Sumter State College Foundation – Increasing Access to Energy Technology Programs and Careers ($120,000).
  • University of Central Florida Foundation – College of Engineering and Computer Science program support ($75,000).
  • Valencia College Foundation – Duke Energy Scholarships program ($50,000).
  • Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando – Scholarships and student programing ($20,000).
  • The Education Foundation of Osceola County – Career Pipelines ($20,000).
  • Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida – Workforce Jumpstart ($10,000).
  • Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools – Grants for Great Ideas and STEM learning ($5,000).
  • Futures Inc. – ENVIRO STEM ($5,000).
  • United Against Poverty – Success Training Employment Program ($5,000).

Greater Tallahassee area:

  • Boys & Girls Club of North Central Florida – Synergy ($25,850).


  • Consortium of Florida Education Foundation – Increasing the Impact of Florida’s Local Education Foundations on Classroom Investments ($27,500).
  • Florida Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy – Ninth Annual Youth Energy Academy, Second Annual Energy Academy and scholarships ($18,000).

For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com

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