Duke Energy STEM center opens in Greene County

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SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – Greene County leaders plan to use a new state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) lab to prepare middle school students for future jobs in those fields.

The $125,000 STEM center at Greene County Middle School is the first of many to open under a $500,000 Duke Energy grant. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund also provided money to complete technical requirements.

“The sky’s the limit for our kids,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller said.

Dr. Miller, along with Duke Energy’s Millie Chalk, hope to make students more attractive to local employers.

“We hope some of those folks will stay right here at home,” Chalk said.

Dr. Miller said his school system will work with local employers to customize lessons based on needed job skills within a 50-mile radius.

The new lab comes as pharmaceutical company Mayne Pharma and aerospace company North State Aviation announced new STEM-based jobs to the area.

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