William Michael Luther of Cheraw received a scholarship from Progress Energy to help with enrollment costs at Northeastern Technical College.
Luther is part of Progress Energy's Power Careers Program designed to recruit, train and hire new employees using local technical colleges. He was nominated by his high school counselor and is employed as a temporary worker in Progress Energy's Robinson nuclear plant in Hartsville.
Luther and other high school graduates who were nominated for the program are employed as temporary workers in a Progress Energy power plant during the summer after their high school graduation. At the end of the summer, top performers are selected to enroll in a two-year Power Supply Technology Degree Program. Those selected receive a scholarship from Progress Energy to help with the cost associated with enrollment.
Upon completion of the first year of study, the student works another summer at a power plant and then completes some specific Progress Energy courses. After finishing the two-year program, student workers have completed 1,680 hours of on-the-job training, and top performers are offered full-time employment with Progress Energy.
“If I'm given the opportunity, I will stay on with Progress Energy after the program is complete” Luther said. “But right now, I'll keep working hard toward my associate degree in industrial plant mechanics here at NETC and remain thankful for Progress Energy's efforts to give me this opportunity.”