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HGTC Foundation Receives $30,000 from Duke Energy for Lineworker Program

(Conway, SC) 04/26/2024

Duke Energy Grant

Duke Energy Presents $30,000 grant to the HGTC Foundation in honor of National Lineworker Appreciation Day for the Electrical Lineworker Technician Program.

(left to right) Robbie Vermeland, HGTC Professor; Charles Granger, HGTC Chair and Professor; Scott Shoemaker, HGTC Professor; Shannon Detzler, HGTC Foundation President & CEO; Brandon Haselden, HGTC Assistant Vice President and Dean; Dr. Marilyn Fore, HGTC President; Toney Morris, Duke Energy Supervisor of Customer Delivery Operations-Hartsville; Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy Director of Government and Community Relations; Davy Gregg, Duke Energy Supervisor of Customer Delivery Operations-Florence

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) proudly announces a significant contribution from Duke Energy, further fortifying its commitment to community development and education in the region. The HGTC Foundation has gratefully received a $30,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, marking a substantial increase from last year's support. This generous donation comes in honor of National Lineworker Appreciation Day, celebrated annually on April 18.

The grant is specifically designated to bolster the HGTC Electrical Lineworker Technician program located on the Conway Campus. With a focus on student success, the funds will directly support the acquisition of tools and protective equipment necessary for enrollment in the program. This investment underscores Duke Energy's dedication to fostering skilled labor and workforce development initiatives.

Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, President of HGTC, expressed sincere gratitude for Duke Energy's ongoing partnership and commitment to community enrichment. "The steadfast dedication of lineworkers to our community's safety and infrastructure is invaluable. Duke Energy's continued support not only enhances our lineman program but also ensures that our students have access to the resources they need to succeed in their studies and careers."

Shannon Detzler, President & CEO of the HGTC Foundation, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the transformative impact of Duke Energy's generosity. "Partnerships like ours with Duke Energy are instrumental in advancing educational opportunities and workforce readiness. This substantial grant will directly contribute to the growth and success of our lineman program, ultimately benefiting our local workforce and economy."

Duke Energy's commitment to innovation and sustainability aligns seamlessly with HGTC's mission to cultivate skilled professionals for evolving industries. Mindy Taylor, Director of Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy, highlighted the importance of investing in talent development for the future of South Carolina's energy landscape. "As we continue to modernize the energy grid and integrate renewable resources, the demand for skilled lineworkers remains paramount. Programs like HGTC's lineworker technician program play a vital role in meeting this demand and ensuring a resilient energy infrastructure for generations to come."

The partnership between HGTC and Duke Energy exemplifies a shared commitment to education, workforce development, and community prosperity. Through collaborative efforts and strategic investments, both organizations are shaping a brighter future for the region and beyond.

The next Electrical Lineworker class will begin with the summer semester on May 13.  There are a limited number of spots available for the summer cohort. 

The Electrical Lineman Technician program began in January 2015 following the initial construction of the lineman yard in November 2014.  The program prepares students both mentally and physically to have the knowledge, skills, techniques, and professionalism to enter the utility industry and remarkably has a 98% job placement rate.  The program is a one semester certificate degree and enrolls six cohorts of 16 students per year.

The purpose of the HGTC Foundation is to raise funds to support the programs, services, and activities of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, its students and employees, and to create and strengthen positive relations between the College and the community.  

To reach the HGTC Foundation, call 843-477-2105 or visit the website

For more information about applying, enrolling, and registering at HGTC, call 843-347-3186 or visit www.hgtc.edu.