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Duke awards $30,000 to Learning Center

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

PLAINFIELD, IN – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $30,000 to help launch the Huntington County Community Learning Center. The center will offer classes leading to workplace certificates and two-and four-year degrees.

The learning center will provide skills training and education for a number of in-demand occupations, including industrial maintenance workers, precision machinists, certified welders, certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians and information technology specialists.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation will house the center in an existing building at 2201 N. Jefferson Street in Huntington.

“We are grateful for Duke Energy’s support of this crucial initiative to train and retain a skilled workforce for our region,” said Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. “A well-trained labor pool is invaluable as we strive to increase economic development and jobs in our area.”

“Giving back to the communities we serve is an important part of who we are as a company,” said Laura Sheets, Duke Energy community relations manager for Huntington County. “This educational investment will pay dividends for the region for years to come.

Organizers plan to open the center for adult education in October. Youth instruction is planned to begin in January 2015.

Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a  23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. More information about the company is available at

Shown in the photo from left are Bill Petranoff, economic development manager for Duke Energy; Steve Kimmel, executive director, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and Learning Center development team; Laura Sheets, community relations manager, Duke Energy; John Niederman, president, Pathfinder Services; Ed Vessels, Hi-Valu LLC; Mark Wickersham, executive director, Huntington County Economic Development; Karen Green, Northeast Indiana Works (WorkOne); Tiffaney Drummond, HCCSC director of career and technical education and Jenna Strick, executive director, United Way of Huntington County all members of the Learning Center development team.