Duke Energy partners with FDTC to increase skilled laborers

Duke Energy partners with FDTC to increase skilled laborers

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Some big money is being used to help grow a specialty in one technical college.

Duke Energy donated $70,000 to Florence Darlington-Technical College to help grow the school's welding department.

The school said it will take the money and offer 100 students welding scholarships.

Right now skilled welders are wanted.

"Not only is this going to help the kids in need of this type of scholarship, but more importantly it's going to help the nuclear power industry. These folks need the help. A lot of the workers are nearing retirement so they need replacement for those folks," Clay Williams's spokesperson for Florence Darlington Technical College said.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics last year, the average welder made right about $38,000 a year.

"You should be a welder because years ago welding was considered a blue-collar job. What has happened is that it is still a blue-collar job, but it's a high paying blue-collar job," Williams said.

The school has a large facility that equips and trains folks to take on jobs in this high paying job field.

A spokesperson for the schools says right now the need for pipe welders is so high because those currently working in the field are set to retire soon.

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