Cleco awards scholar in ADVANCE program

PINEVILLE, LA., July 18, 2013 – Cleco Corporation awarded Andrew Bennett of Slidell a $2,000 scholarship to attend the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars at Northwestern State University held in June. 

Bennett, who is entering the eleventh grade at Northshore High School, is the son of Gary and Melissa Bennett. During the three-week program, he successfully completed a chemistry course. ADVANCE offers courses that are comparable to one year of high school curriculum or equivalent to one semester of college. This is Bennett’s fourth year to attend the program. 

The ADVANCE program is one of five collaborative efforts with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program and was started in 1989. This is the only Duke collaborative program in Louisiana.

Courses through the program cover a broad range of subjects including algebra, journalism, computer science and more. The program is offered to eighth-through 12th-grade students throughout the nation.

For further information regarding ADVANCE, please call 318-357-4500 or visit

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,565 megawatts and serves approximately 283,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit

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