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Dominion Energy awards $10,000 grant to Junior Achievement; hosts high school students for job shadow day

Dominion Energy awards $10,000 grant to Junior Achievement; hosts high school students for job shadow day

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from Dominion Energy. The gift to the educational nonprofit will help prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs to achieve great things in the global economy.

In addition to the grant, Dominion Energy hosted high school students from Lexington County School District One for a job shadow day at the company’s South Carolina offices in Columbia. At the event, Dominion Energy team members showed students career possibilities within the company, introducing them to the various departments and positions. Through this Junior Achievement experiential learning opportunity, students are prepared to be entrepreneurial thinkers and encouraged to develop personal strategies to pursue lifelong learning and career opportunities.  

“Dominion Energy is thrilled to work with Junior Achievement of South Carolina. We have an opportunity not only to give funds to this outstanding organization, but also to support its work directly by offering students a chance to learn about possible job opportunities within our company and industry,” said Wayne Vermullen, director of operations for Dominion Energy Carolina Gas.

Casey Pash, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, stated that "Dominion Energy, continues to understand the importance of our future workforce in the Palmetto State. They have been a great partner over the last three years and know the value of exposing students to careers. Through this learning experience, students will walk away knowing what jobs will be available to them in the future, and what path it takes to be in that career. Dominion Energy is a great community partner, and we are grateful for all they do to inspire the future in the Midlands.”

About Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina® (JAGSC)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JAGSC reaches more than 11,000students per year in 34 counties in South Carolina. For over the last 50 years JAGSC has impacted over 750,000 youth. JAGSC is a member of JAUSA. Visit www.ja.org for more information or contact Casey Pash at casey.pash@ja.org or 803.252.1974.

About Dominion Energy

Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with over $75 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services.  As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com, Facebook or Twitter to learn more. Or, to find out abut Dominion Energy’s proposed merger with SCANA, visit www.DominionEnergySouth.com.

In celebration of Entrepreneurship Month, we interviewed Adriene Morgan, she describes herself as a serial entrepreneur and is a longtime JA volunteer

Adriene Morgan

Q: Provide a brief history of your career.

A: I have a B.S. degree in Textile Chemistry, and I worked in the textile industry in South Carolina for 12 years until I received notice that I was being laid off because my manufacturing plant was being shut down.  I had never considered starting a business, but faced with limited options, it seemed necessary at that time.  I founded Morgan Consulting, Inc. in October, 1997 to provide Lean and Six Sigma training, and we have had clients across the United States and parts of Europe, teaching even rocket scientists and nuclear physicists some new skills!  The traveling got old after many years, though, so in 2008 I created a second company, Open Door Enterprises, LLC to invest in local real estate.  This business allows me to work from home and get involved in the community.

Q: What is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? 

A: My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to focus on delivering exceptional value to your customers.  If you do that well, you will be successful no matter what product or service you offer.  Ask repeatedly what customers want and need, then use that insight to improve your business.  It also helps to be adaptable because the market will change over time, and be brave because you will have to do and learn a lot of new things.  Bravery is not the absence of fear; it is the courage to try something new in spite of the fear.  Entrepreneurs who believe in their products and believe in themselves can use that passion to overcome their fears and succeed.

Q: Why did you decide to get involved with JA? 

A: I started volunteering with Junior Achievement after seeing a request for instructors in the newspaper.  I am concerned that there is little financial education in the public schools, because financial literacy is a vital skill for all citizens, and I want to help bridge that gap.  I also want to encourage students to create their own security through entrepreneurship instead of relying on an employer to take care of them, because I know firsthand how quickly that safety net can disappear.

Q: What is your favorite JA memory?

A:  My favorite memory of JA took place the night a former student approached me at a restaurant while I was getting a refill at the soda station.  He told me that he had developed a plan for what he would do after graduation based on the JA lessons I had taught, and he was enrolled at Midlands Tech in a program that would ensure him a good-paying job.  That is why I volunteer, and making a difference in the lives of these young people is incredibly rewarding.  

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