The Pacific Gas & Electric, Co. donated $10,000 today to California State University, Fresno’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and Central California Futures Institute (CCFI).

PG&E representatives Don Fantz, Leslie Botos, Gary Hanson and Al Galvez were on campus Tuesday, Nov. 3, to present a check to President John D. Welty, Dr. Karl Longley, engineering and computer science dean, and Dr. John Wetzel, CCFI executive director.

The funds — $7,500 for Engineering and Computer Science and $2,500 for CCFI — will benefit scholarships and several departments and programs on campus, including $1,000 to complete $5,000 endowment funding on the Progressive Energy and Technology Scholarship Fund established with the proceeds from last year’s Energy Expo, an event co-sponsored by PG&E.

In addition to improving the quality of the university’s existing engineering and computer science programs, Longley said the support will also increase the number of engineers and computer scientists from underrepresented populations through support of the Math Engineering and Science Achievement Program.

“This support for our programs will help us continue to supply well-prepared engineers for the PG&E work force, especially in the areas of power generation, power transmission and distribution, and geomatics,” Longley added.

Wetzel said the CCFI will use PG&E’s support to conduct a one-day workshop early next year for civic leaders from throughout the San Joaquin Valley focusing on regional issues affecting the valley in the next 40 years.

For more information, contact Longley at (209) 278-2500 or Wetzel at (209) 230-2234.