On behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, Southwestern Electric Power Co. presented Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) with a $100,000 grant to support its Project Engineering and Technology program called SUSLA Project EaT.
The program at the historically Black university focuses on enrolling students who are under-represented in energy-related careers and providing technical training that aligns with the knowledge, skills and abilities the region needs. This grant also will allow SUSLA to replace antiquated engineering and electronics equipment with state-of-the-art equipment.
“This investment speaks directly to how partnerships are critical for driving innovation in education,” said SUSLA’s Interim Chancellor Dr. Vladimir Appeaning. “This grant will help establish a state-of-the-art lab for students to engage in hands-on experiences, which will prepare them to be workforce-ready on day one. The AEP Foundation’s support made this possible, and we are grateful.”
SWEPCO’s President and Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Smoak, Director of Grid Modernization Henry Brown and External Affairs Manager Michael Corbin presented the funds to Appeaning.
With the AEP Foundation’s support, Brown said SUSLA’s Project EaT would strengthen the workforce pipeline with diverse, skilled graduates by fostering talent development in high school students, minorities, females, and under-served populations.
“The project aligns well with AEP’s mission of training workforce-ready graduates in the energy sector to assist in developing innovative solutions that power communities.”
The AEP Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving high dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area. The Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) and its utility operating units, including SWEPCO, which serves approximately 232,800 customers in Louisiana. To find out more about the application process, visit https://www.aep.com/community/givingback.