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Friday, December 6, 2013

         The Tri-County Technical College Foundation named Itron, Inc., a global technology company for the utility industry, the 2013 recipient of its Philanthropist of the Year award. Itron Operations Manager Mike Worley, third from left, accepted the award, along with Katherine Crouse, marketing manager, left, and Brooke Dobbins, human resources manager, right.   Pictured with them is Dr. Ronnie Booth, president of Tri-County.


Tri-County Foundation Honors Itron with Philanthropist of the Year Award

CONTACT:  JOHN LUMMUS, 646-1548

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             12/5/2013

         PENDLETON --- The Tri-County Technical College Foundation named Itron, Inc., a global technology company for the utility industry, the 2013 recipient of its Philanthropist of the Year award.

         This is the Foundation's highest and most prestigious honor reserved for individuals, foundations, companies, trusts, organizations, or other entities that have made a significant financial contribution, either cash or non-cash, to the Foundation to support the work of the College.

         Itron Operations Manager Mike Worley accepted the award.  "On behalf of Itron, I'd like to thank the College and the Foundation for this recognition," Worley said.  "Tri-County offers a unique educational opportunity that aligns well with the needs of our business.  At our West Union facility, we build high-tech products that are modernizing the electrical grid and we seek employees with the right mix of technical skills. We employ 36 Tri-County Technical College graduates who play an important role in manufacturing technologies that are shaping the way electricity is delivered," he said.

         "The College offers a very fertile and encouraging educational ground for those types of students," Worley said, "We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with Tri-County. The College and its graduates are among the things that contribute to our product innovation."

         "Itron is strongly committed to supporting local communities and has been a philanthropic partner with Tri-County since 1988.  Their commitment with the College and the Foundation is evident through its generous gifts over the years to establish two endowments," said Foundation Chair Peggy Deane.  

         The Itron Teaching Chair was created to support the professional development of mathematics faculty while the Itron Technology Endowment provides support for the College's technology needs.  In addition to establishing these two endowments, Itron has been a sponsor of the Spring Open and Fall Classic golf tournaments.

         Itron has given more than $186,000 to the Foundation over the past 25 years, earning the company recognition on the college's prestigious Wall of Honor.

         Itron currently serves more than 8,000 customers in over 100 countries.  The company's mission is to provide critical knowledge that will empower the world's utilities to manage energy and water responsibly.

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