Dominion Peoples Provides $10,000 Grant to Enhance Bidwell Training Center's Job Preparation Program

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dominion Peoples

    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Peoples will award a $10,000
 grant to Bidwell Training Center the company announced today.  The grant will
 be used to help meet the expanding needs of a growing organization.  Because
 of increased enrollment, the Bidwell Training Center has expanded its campus
 facilities and other support departments.
     The Bidwell Training Center is a non-profit vocational training center,
 which currently offers vocational training in fields that are in high demand,
 such as information sciences and pharmaceutical technology.
     The center is located on Pittsburgh's North Side area.  Last year, Bidwell
 completed construction of a second campus building consisting of 70,000 square
 feet of classroom and office space.
     Bidwell has received national recognition for their innovative training
 programs.  With a completion rate of 66 percent, and a placement rate of
 80 percent, Bidwell has become a model training center for other communities
 around the country.  A number of other cities expressed interest in using
 Bidwell as a model for their vocational training programs, including San
 Francisco and St. Louis.
     According to William E. Strickland, Jr., president and chief executive
 officer: "Bidwell is very pleased with Dominion Peoples involvement.  The
 grant will enable us to expand our support departments and to continue to
 provide excellent vocational training to our students."
     The student body includes individuals dealing with long-term unemployment,
 dislocation, and public assistance. Because the grant will help to meet the
 needs of students, they are able to learn valuable vocational skills and
 become contributors to society.
     The grant was made through the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to
 the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion
 companies.
     Dominion Peoples is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest
 producers of energy.  Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, Va., serves
 3.8 million retail natural gas and electric customers.  Dominion Peoples
 provides natural gas service to more than 351,000 residential, commercial and
 industrial customers in 16 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more
 information about Dominion, visit the company's web site at www.dom.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Elmore Lockley or Denise Brundage, 412-392-2467, both of
 Dominion Peoples.
 
 

SOURCE Dominion Peoples
    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Peoples will award a $10,000
 grant to Bidwell Training Center the company announced today.  The grant will
 be used to help meet the expanding needs of a growing organization.  Because
 of increased enrollment, the Bidwell Training Center has expanded its campus
 facilities and other support departments.
     The Bidwell Training Center is a non-profit vocational training center,
 which currently offers vocational training in fields that are in high demand,
 such as information sciences and pharmaceutical technology.
     The center is located on Pittsburgh's North Side area.  Last year, Bidwell
 completed construction of a second campus building consisting of 70,000 square
 feet of classroom and office space.
     Bidwell has received national recognition for their innovative training
 programs.  With a completion rate of 66 percent, and a placement rate of
 80 percent, Bidwell has become a model training center for other communities
 around the country.  A number of other cities expressed interest in using
 Bidwell as a model for their vocational training programs, including San
 Francisco and St. Louis.
     According to William E. Strickland, Jr., president and chief executive
 officer: "Bidwell is very pleased with Dominion Peoples involvement.  The
 grant will enable us to expand our support departments and to continue to
 provide excellent vocational training to our students."
     The student body includes individuals dealing with long-term unemployment,
 dislocation, and public assistance. Because the grant will help to meet the
 needs of students, they are able to learn valuable vocational skills and
 become contributors to society.
     The grant was made through the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to
 the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion
 companies.
     Dominion Peoples is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest
 producers of energy.  Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, Va., serves
 3.8 million retail natural gas and electric customers.  Dominion Peoples
 provides natural gas service to more than 351,000 residential, commercial and
 industrial customers in 16 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more
 information about Dominion, visit the company's web site at www.dom.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Elmore Lockley or Denise Brundage, 412-392-2467, both of
 Dominion Peoples.
 
 SOURCE  Dominion Peoples