Duke Energy Florida recently presented $110,000 to support the Energy Utility Institute at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg, according to a news release.
“Duke Energy is proud of our partnership with Lake-Sumter State College and the positive outcomes of the workforce development initiatives we support,” says Harry Sideris, president of Duke Energy Florida. “We invest in its energy technology programs to further bolster the area’s existing skilled workforce and help make a positive impact in the community we serve. These programs enable local residents to receive training in high-demand fields and land opportunities with businesses in the region.”
LSSC offers two degree programs through the Energy Utility Institute: an associate of applied science degree in electrical distribution in technology, or the line worker program; and an associate of science degree in engineering technology, with relay/substation tech specialization. With this, students work in the energy industry building, designing, and maintaining an electrical grid.
“Our strong partnership with Duke Energy allows us to offer an industry-leading education for our students and a seamless transition into their full-time career within the energy industry,” says Dr. Laura Byrd, associate vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the LSSC Foundation. “Duke Energy’s support has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the programs in the Energy Utility Institute.”