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VHCC Receives Dominion Energy Grant for Vets

Post Date:12/15/2017 10:35 AM

Virginia Highlands Community College has received $15,000 from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Energy, to help provide educational opportunities for military veterans in the region.

The check was presented Dec. 12 at Dominion Energy’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) in St. Paul, Va.

VHCC was among three community colleges in the region chosen to receive such a grant, which will benefit educational and career training initiatives aimed at helping current and former military service members reenter the civilian workforce.

Bill Murray, Dominion’s vice president of state & electric public policy, and Mark Kuhn, director of power generation at VCHEC, presented the checks to the VHCC representatives at a small ceremony held at the power station.

“Our veterans have faithfully served our nation, and this is another way Dominion Energy can show its thanks and appreciation. These men and women have returned from military service and are now integrating themselves into civilian life. We’re proud to be a part of helping veterans in Southwest Virginia achieve their academic and career goals,” noted Dominion’s Kuhn.

Specifically, VHCC plans to use the donation to assist VHCC’s Veterans Support Initiative. Recognized as a “gold level” military-friendly college, VHCC provides educational and career skills training opportunities for veterans transitioning back to civilian employment.

As a founding partner of the national Troops to Energy Jobs program, the company actively helps military members find rewarding careers in the energy industry. Currently, one in five new hires at Dominion Energy is a veteran, and about 11 percent of the company’s more than 16,000 employees are veterans.