Dominion Foundation Awards $220,000 To Ohio Colleges

             Dominion Foundation Awards $220,000 To Ohio Colleges

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 13, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Twelve Ohio institutions received
$220,000 in Dominion Foundation Higher Education Grants today during a
presentation at the University of Akron's Martin University Center. The grants
focus on programs that will 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. 

"Dominion East Ohio has a long and proud tradition of providing natural gas
services throughout the state," Jeff Murphy, Managing Director, Commercial
Operations, noted during the presentation luncheon. "We were an active
participant in the first Appalachian natural gas boom of the early 1900s and
are now providing competitive, reliable gathering, transportation and
processing services for Ohio producers in the new, 21^st century natural gas
boom. Ohio's colleges and universities also provide an essential service to
the natural gas renaissance. They are equipping our area workforce to maximize
the economic benefits and to ensure effective stewardship of these new energy
supplies. Potentially even more significant, the talented innovators that
study at Ohio's colleges today will contribute to the growth of the
manufacturing, transportation and service sectors made possible by affordable,
abundant, local energy."

The Ohio Higher Education Grants are part of nearly $1.4 million in Dominion
Foundation grants the Dominion Foundation is awarding this year to colleges
and primary and secondary schools in states where Dominion does business,
including Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Dominion Foundation Ohio Higher Education Partnership Grant recipients are:

  oHiram College, Hiram, received $30,000 for its "TREE" House: Energy-Smart
    Choices for Northeast Ohio Homeowners initiative. Students and faculty
    will renovate a two-story century home with energy-conserving materials
    and technologies, measure the energy savings, and invite northeast Ohio
    residents to learn and do the same through free hands-on community
  oApollo Career Center, Lima, received $20,000 to support its Virtual
    Reality Integrated Weld Training program. Funds provided will assist with
    purchasing and installing a virtual welding simulator, which will allow
    students to learn and practice welding in a safe, simulated environment.
  oBelmont College, St. Clairsville, received $20,000 to purchase welders to
    be installed in its refurbished welding lab. With the increase in the oil
    and gas activity in Eastern Ohio, students can earn a one-year
    certificate, a two-year associate degree or specialized training for
    pipeline welding.
  oEastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville, received $20,000 to help
    with the purchase and installation of a Virtual Reality Arc Welding
    Trainer as a training tool in the welding program. Students will learn how
    to weld in a safe environment and allow the opportunity for testing for
    various welding certificates.
  oStark State College, North Canton, received $20,000 to add two welding
    stations, increasing training capacity at its new Barberton satellite
    center. This will enable the college to meet local demands for welders
    certified by the American Welding Society.
  oThe University of Akron Foundation received $20,000 to help expand a
    welding center in its College of Engineering. The goal is to increase
    hands-on learning by purchasing equipment such as welders, welding
    benches, partitions and appropriate protective wear.
  oWashington State Community College Foundation, Marietta, received $20,000
    to purchase and install a Level/Flow Process Control Learning System to
    expand the colleges' electrical engineering program. This will be
    instrumental in teaching engineering students principals used in oil and
    gas facility design and operation.
  oZane State College, Zanesville, received $20,000 to support an outdoor
    laboratory that includes learning stations that mimic oil and gas drilling
    operations. The stations include an operating beam-pumping unit, two
    100-barrel production tanks, metering station, slug catcher, and simulated
    leaking pipelines.
  oCuyahoga Community College Foundation, Cleveland, received $15,000 for
    equipment and curriculum development for an energy monitoring dashboard
    system for the Advance Technology Training Center, located in downtown
    Cleveland. This training facility will prepare students for employment in
    the alternative energy field by providing hands-on experience in welding
    simulation, robotic labs, and construction training programs.
  oLakeland Community College, Kirtland, received $15,000 to support a
    geospatial technology program that prepares students for high-demand real
    world jobs. Students will complete experiential learning, including
    internships, co-ops and job shadowing to prepare them for careers in
    geospatial technologies.
  oOhio Northern University, Ada,  received $10,000 to develop and implement
    a mobile solar energy lab. Engineering students will design an
    experimental apparatus to demonstrate the operation of solar thermal and
    photovoltaic systems, to be used in undergraduate engineering course and
    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach programs.
  oUniversity of Cincinnati received $10,000 for its new summer Launchpad
    Program. This six-week summer bridge program will allow select freshmen to
    strengthen their academic skills in calculus, study and time management,
    take part in a service/volunteer project, and prepare the students for a
    successful college experience.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy,
with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation, 11,000 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 retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about
Dominion, visit the company's website at

SOURCE Dominion East Ohio

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