Dominion Foundation Awards $200,000 to Eight Ohio Colleges
St. Clairsville, OH (September 30, 2014) – Belmont College was one of eight Ohio institutions that received a combined $200,000 in Dominion Foundation Higher Education Grants for 2014. The grants focus on programs that help prepare students for technical positions in Ohio’s growing energy production and other industries.
The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Dominion East Ohio’s parent company, is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation annually award more than $20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote education and help meet basic human needs.
“Ohio industries require an increasing number of well-trained candidates to meet the demand for skilled employees, said Scott Miller, Dominion East Ohio Vice President and General Manager. “Ohio’s colleges, universities and technical schools, are helping to train this new generation of workers, and Dominion is committed to supporting these educational efforts.”
Ed Mowrer, Manager of the Belmont College Energy Institute stated, “The Dominion Grant will be used to update equipment in Belmont College’s Instrumentation Lab. This type of technology is in demand by oil and gas companies and the grant positions Belmont to be a leader in instrumentation training.”
Belmont College received $20,000 to expand its Instrumentation and Control Lab. The laboratory and associated equipment will help train students to install, calibrate, maintain and repair prospective energy industry-related equipment in the field, service centers and factories. Other Dominion Foundation Ohio Higher Education Partnership Grant recipients are: Zane State College, Marietta College, Kent State University at Stark, University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College, Malone University, and Stark State College.
“Students in the Industrial Electronics: Instrumentation and Control program will have hands-on experience as they prepare for in-demand jobs” stated Judy Sandstead, Director of Program Development at Belmont College. The Instrumentation and Control program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. Coursework includes instruction in instrumentation installation and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.
The Ohio Higher Education Grants are part of $1.3 million in grants the Dominion Foundation is awarding this year to colleges and primary and secondary schools in states where the company does business: Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 10 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.
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