October is designated as Black Energy Awareness Month. The Scholarship Committee, led by Conitsha Barnes, has planned an interactive learning environment for high school students to broaden their knowledge about the energy industry and new technology, as well as enhance their exposure to various career opportunities within the energy field. The theme of this year's event is Power Up Your Future. We are looking forward to partnering this year with General Electric and Electric Power Research Institute.
The first event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 on the campus of University of North Carolina - Charlotte, EPIC Building (www.beam2016charlotte.org). The second event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29 on the campus of North Carolina State University, FREEDM Systems Center (www.beam2016raleigh.org). Duke Energy has invested in both the EPIC Building and FREEDM Center. Space is limited for each event. Registration for both events is available via the links provided. Duke Energy awarded NC State a $2.5 million grant. The multi-year grant, distributed through the Duke Energy Foundation includes $1.5 million to establish an endowment for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution Management (FREEDM) Systems Center based in the College of Engineering at NC State. This is a great opportunity for our young people interested in STEM Careers.
AABE is also looking forward to the 2016 Legislative Summit. We have partnered with Duke Energy Employee Resource Groups to host two Legislative summits focused on "Navigating the Political Landscape - Reflections and Predictions on the National and State Elections.
Members are encouraged to stay engaged, expand your network, continue to develop leadership skills and invite someone to join the great organiziation.
North Carolina AABE Chapter Board of Directors
American Association of Blacks in Energy