Dominion Energy Supports SWCC Veterans Programs
Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) was awarded $15,000 to help provide educational opportunities for military veterans in the region. The gifts are being made through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Energy.
SWCC representatives Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC and Susan Lowe, executive director of the SWCC Foundation, Inc. received the donations Tuesday, December 12 at Dominion Energy’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) in St. Paul, Va.
“We are very pleased to have received this award from Dominion Energy,” said Dr. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC. “Veterans at Southwest will benefit from educational and career training initiatives aimed at helping current and former military service members reenter the civilian workforce. SWCC is fortunate to have such a strong community partner in Dominion Energy.” SWCC was among three community colleges in the region chosen to receive the grant.
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 SWCC representatives at a small ceremony held at the power station.
Specifically, SWCC plans to use the donation to help launch a Veterans Training Initiative, designed to help veterans overcome obstacles to reentering the workforce by providing tuition assistance and access to supportive services with the goal of completing their education.
SWCC is greatly appreciative of the efforts Dominion Energy has made to support veterans in our communities. 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.