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Dominion Foundation Awards Grant for Upgrade of Engineering Lab Equipment

The Dominion Foundation has announced the award of a $30,000 grant to Old Dominion University to upgrade laboratory equipment for three courses related to power and electricity.

The award is one of five that will be presented to area schools at a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 20, by the foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Virginia Power, as part of its first-ever Higher Educational Grants Partnership.

The grants total $150,000 for local schools, and will support programs in business, skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, and student-led conservation programs.

"This new program was created specifically for higher education," said Bill Hall, vice president for corporate communications and community affairs with Dominion Virginia Power and president of the Dominion Foundation. "We see the importance in funding and cultivating the innovative studies that are happening at our colleges and universities and their potential for the future."

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.

The ODU grant proposal that was selected was submitted by Shirshak Dhali, professor and chair of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Shu Xiao, an assistant professor with ODU's Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics.

Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College also received grants.

HU will get $40,000 to create multimedia projects to educate the public about natural resources, power generation, renewable power and energy conservation;

NSU will get $30,000 to create and staff a computer and robotics lab for K-12 students in the community; TNCC will get a $10,000 grant to help students learn about wind turbine technology and design; and TCC will get $40,000 to develop a renewable energy program to train current students for emerging jobs, provide workforce training to companies working in the renewable energy field, and make the college operate in a more environmentally friendly way.

Dominion, its charitable foundation and its employees this year will donate millions of dollars and more than 125,000 volunteer hours to programs that help improve the quality of life for people in the states in which Dominion operates. The Dominion Foundation's focus areas include preservation of natural resources, work force development and education, diversity initiatives, neighborhood and community development, and basic needs for food and shelter.

This article was posted on: October 15, 2010

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