News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

Duke Energy Passes Ownership of Chester Facility to YTC Foundation

September 23, 2010

CHESTERAt an event on Thursday, September 23, Duke Energy will hand over to the York Technical College Foundation the deed to the facility at 127 Saluda Street in Chester where the college has been operating the Chester Workforce and Learning Success Center for the past year. The announcement of Duke Energy’s generous donation in support of workforce development efforts in Chester County will mark the latest partnership effort between the company and York Tech.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Chester Workforce and Learning Success Center. The “key passing” will be followed by a reception and tours of the Center.

“We recognize that a strong economy starts with a well trained and diverse workforce to market to companies looking to expand into our area,” said Catherine Heigel, president, Duke Energy Carolinas (SC). “We are delighted to be in a position to help York Technical College continue on their mission to help train tomorrow’s workers.”

The Chester Workforce and Learning Success Center provides career assessment and essential work skills training for those who are currently unemployed as well as adult education students, high school students, and current York Tech students. Instruction includes a significant "learning to learn" component for individuals and small groups that helps them become better learners.

At 3,800 square feet, the Saluda Street building includes a large classroom space, a computer lab/classroom, a distance learning classroom, an assessment center, and a library area with PCs for student use.

“For many years, Duke Energy has worked side by side with the people of Chester County to make their community a better place to work and live,” said York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford. "The generous gift of the Saluda Street facility will help hundreds of men and women gain the skills and training they need to get a job or find a better one.”

The Chester Workforce and Learning Success Center is a collaborative effort of many Chester County agencies and the Chester County School District. Much of the funding for the Center is through a 5-year grant from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

The Center’s learning coaches tailor individualized learning plans to help build the study skills, habits, and positive attitudes needed to succeed in school or work. Other services provided include employability skills workshops, soft skills workshops; lab-enhanced academic skills such as reading, math, and locating information, career-ready workforce training, study skills preparation, and a summer program for high school juniors and seniors.

Through the years, Duke Energy’s support of York Technical College programs and initiatives have included assistance with the launch and support of the college's line worker training program, its construction trades program, nuclear welding training, and the company has provided Return to Industry opportunities for York Tech faculty. Duke Energy personnel have served on college advisory committees, and Duke Energy played an important role in the college's earning Home Energy Rating System (HERS) training accreditation last year. The company has also been a strong supporter of York Tech's annual "Girls in Engineering" program.

Duke Energy, through AdvanceSC, has provided more than $1.3 million to York Technical College to foster economic development and workforce training. This funding has helped develop curriculum and labs for mechatronics, welding, robotics, and chemical operator training. It has also supported the consortium of upstate technical colleges related to networking at school districts in the college's service area.

For more information, contact York Technical College’s VP for Development Dr. Ed Duffy at (803) 327-8012 or

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