A $200,000 check was presented to Craven Community College Monday.

The money from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas goes to the college’s apprenticeship program. 

The program gives students hands-on training and introduces them workforce development opportunities.

“You have got a place to live, work, grow, raise children and all having a fulfilling career, so this is that last piece of the puzzle,” said Ray Staats, the college’s president. “That is very important. When you have all that, you not only keep the younger folks from leaving and going to bigger communities, but that becomes a signal to attract new talent.”

The college president said the program is all about connecting people with jobs.