Invenergy Awards Advanced Energy Scholarship to Lackawanna College Students
CHICAGO (Oct. 24, 2017) – Invenergy, North America’s largest privately held renewable energy company, today awarded four students from the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas (PNG) at Lackawanna College with the Invenergy Advanced Energy Scholarship. Representatives from Invenergy and the College joined students for an awards ceremony at the new Lackawanna Energy Center (LEC) in Jessup, Pa.
Designed in coordination with, and administered by the College, the scholarship is based on specific academic and geographic criteria and aims to create new opportunities for residents of Jessup and the nearby Valley View School District. Scholarship awardees – whether they are students just out of high school or those making a mid-career shift – are honored for having the aptitude and the drive to complete the rigorous program at the PNG School and later succeed in the energy industry.
Recipients of the 2017 Invenergy Advanced Energy Scholarship are Brandon Bouton of Scranton, Michael Fazio of Peckville, Kyle Osbourne of New Milford, and Nicholas Solomon of Archbald.
For over 100 years, Lackawanna College has been dedicated to improving the lives of local residents and the community through an accessible, affordable, and practical curriculum. The partnership between the College and Invenergy provides a crucial connection between education and industry that allows students to succeed and advance in their field. In total, Invenergy has pledged $300,000 to the Advanced Energy Scholarship, which is enough to keep the program running through at least 2026.
“Beyond job creation, Invenergy is committed to being a good neighbor in this community by supporting the educational endeavors of young people, as well as those looking to make a shift in their careers,” said Dan Ewan, Invenergy’s Vice President of Development. “This scholarship program provides tremendous opportunities for students to thrive in this rigorous curriculum, helping to ensure they get the education they need to obtain meaningful careers in the energy industry.”
In April 2016, Invenergy held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 1,500 megawatt Lackawanna Energy Center. Since the start of construction, LEC has created more than 1,000 jobs during peak construction and generated more than $150 million for the local economy, including more than $75 million in wages and benefits to workers.
“This scholarship is a prime example of how private industry can facilitate relevant and life-changing educational opportunities for our residents. Invenergy’s continued commitment to our students is just one more way that they validate their corporate commitment to improving the quality of life in our region,” said Lackawanna College President, Mark Volk.
Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Poland and Scotland.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 16,000 megawatts of projects that are in operation, construction or contracted, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects. For more information, please visit www.invenergyllc.com.
About Lackawanna College
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.