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Voorhees University’s School of Science, Technology, Health, and Human Services has been awarded a $5000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation. The grant will be used for the education and training for Voorhees Emergency Management students. The funding will be utilized for three main types of equipment designated as hands on training material. This equipment includes drones, V Watch personal voltage detectors, and modern communications equipment such as 800mhz radios and laptop computers.

“Not only will this equipment help us to adequately prepare our students to serve in emergency management, it can also be used for actual on campus emergencies at Voorhees,” states Roger Riley, Voorhees Instructor of Emergency Management and Emergency Management Director for Barnwell County.

The core objective of the Voorhees University Emergency Management program is to educate students on all aspects of Emergency Management. Fundamental to this objective is the continued development of an educational Emergency Operations Center capable of building situational awareness and providing community leaders, Incident Command/Response personnel, and impacted citizens a common operating picture. Modern equipment funded by this grant will help fulfill this objective.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides grants to charitable nonprofit organizations in alignment with the Foundation’s four main areas of focus: the Environment, Economic Development, Education and Community Vitality. Local Impact Grants are grants that focus on programs aligned with vibrant economies, climate resiliency and justice, equity and inclusion.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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