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Duke Energy Foundation invests $45K in three Hamilton County workforce development initiatives

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(THE HAMILTON COUNTY REPORTER) — The Duke Energy Foundation is awarding more than $300,000 in shareholder-funded grants to 16 organizations across Indiana providing job search, education, and specialized training opportunities for Hoosiers.

“The most important investment we can make is in the people and communities we serve,” Duke Energy Indiana President Stan Pinegar said. “Our Workforce Development Program grants aim to meet the needs of local employers while also providing resources and education to individuals to set them up for success in the workforce of the future.”

The grants are funded through the Duke Energy Foundation’s Workforce Development Grant Program. For the past five years, the company has contributed more than $1.2 million in grant funding to organizations that are helping to strengthen Indiana’s talent pipeline.

Locally, a total of $45,000 will go to Hamilton County:

  • Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation ($10,000): Funds will support the expansion of educational opportunities at the Fishers Agripark, including the installation of an aquaponics lab and a composter powered by renewable energy.
  • Sheridan Community Schools ($10,000): Funds will support various activities to expose students to careers in the energy industry.
  • The Pursuit Institute ($25,000): Funds will support the development of a mobile classroom to teach local pre-kindergarten through 10th-grade students about sustainable energy.

About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $2 million annually in charitable gifts to Indiana and is funded by Duke Energy shareholders. More information about the Foundation can be found at