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Southern Oregon University/Rogue Community College partnership receives funding
Support given for the new Medford Higher Education Center


SPOKANE, Wash.  Sept. 24, 2007:  The board of directors for the Avista Foundation recently approved a grant of $10,000 to the Southern Oregon University Foundation in support of the new Higher Education Center-- RCC/SOU Partnership -- now under construction in downtown Medford. The center is a partnership between Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College.

“This kind of partnership is a win-win-win situation for everyone concerned,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista Foundation president and chair of the board. “Co-locating the two schools will provide opportunities for cost efficiencies, innovative educational and work-force development programming, and support for the growing number of non-traditional students.”

The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:

·        education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,

·        vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,

·        economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.

Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities ratepayers.


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