Central State University Receives Dominion Energy Grant for Computing Infrastructure, Scholarship Endowment, and Internships

WilberForce, Ohio, December 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Students from Central State University expand its summer institute internship programs, increase accessibility to virtual learning, and increase its endowment scholarship funds through a $500,000 grant from Dominion Energy.

Central State University is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities benefiting from Dominion Energy’s six-year “HBCU Promise”. The program will support endowments, capital projects, operating expenditures, and clean energy education programs at HBCUs across Virginia, Ohio, North Carolinaand Caroline from the south.

“We are excited to launch this partnership as it will expose our students to the vast career opportunities in the energy sector,” said Mr. James Thomas, president of the Central State University. “We are grateful for this investment and are excited to launch this groundbreaking new initiative that aligns with the growth and development of the partnership,” said Dr. Thomas. “The relationship with Dominion Energy is a great example of how higher education and industry can come together to strategically address workforce development and diversifying the talent pipeline for the sector. energy,” said Dr. Zillah Fluker, vice president of institutional advancement at CSU.

The grant to central state will provide expanded learning opportunities for students. Largest public HBCU in the Midwest and 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State University will launch the Dominion Energy Summer Institute, a 12-week study and internship program, including a four-week classroom component followed by an eight-week internship at Dominion Energy. The intensive experiential learning program follows the successful career development program for from ohio banking sector thanks to its rigor Summer Banking Institute. Central State University established the HBCU Center of Excellence for Business Engagement which will serve as a central hub for best practices and modeling student talent development, as well as a research think tank for program development strategic enterprises for higher education.

The Dominion Energy Grant will also spawn the Dominion Energy Scholarship, an achievement-based scholarship endowment to help students pursue their path to graduation. Underwriting IT infrastructure upgrades and individual student and classroom technology access for virtual and classroom learning environments. The Dominion Energy grant will impact hundreds of students throughout their experience at Central State University.

“Dominion Energy is proud to partner with Central State University support scholarships for students and improve the institution’s IT infrastructure to bridge the digital divide,” said Leighton McCoy, Vice President, Gas Distribution Technical Services. “This grant will also provide real-world work experience through student internships as they explore their career options. We look forward to elevating Central State University students and highlighting their achievements as they pursue excellence and success. »

Dominion Energy is also committed $10 million in scholarships to help African American students and other underrepresented minorities who reside in the company’s service area. Students can find out more and apply at DominionEnergy.com/EquityScholarships.

On Central State University:
Central State Universitysituated in Wilberforce, Ohiois a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 133 years of tradition to prepare students of diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research, and service. The university, which was named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence in a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and further study. progress in the world.

About Dominion Energy:
More … than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE:D), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and secure energy and achieve net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

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