Integra to Help Empower Young People to Achieve Business Success through Volunteering and Investment in Education
Seattle, Feb. 18, 2011 – Integra Telecom Inc., a voice and Internet services provider for business, has entered a 10-year partnership with Junior Achievement of Washington to help grow and nurture the state’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. The senior vice president of Integra Telecom of Washington, Matt Smith, will also join the organization’s Washington board of directors.
Integra’s employees in Washington will also volunteer to teach Junior Achievement curriculum in K-12 classrooms as part of the company’s Community Matters Program. In addition, the telecom provider is sponsoring all of the state’s JA BizTown facilities—a hands-on, fully interactive simulated city that exposes students to business in the real world— by providing all the telecom equipment and expertise needed to operate a telecom simulation.
“The chance to partner with Junior Achievement was an opportunity Integra Telecom could not pass up,” said Matt Smith, senior vice president for Integra Telecom of Washington. “The core values of each organization—from improving the quality of life of the community and its youth, to creating a better world through education and empowerment—make this partnership a natural fit.”
“Matt Smith and Integra Telecom have galvanized our organization with their passionate support and enthusiasm,” said David Moore, president of Junior Achievement of Washington. “We are excited to be working with Integra and its Community Matters program.”
Integra’s Community Matters program supports initiatives and organizations that benefit the lives of people in the communities that Integra serves. Its focus areas are:
- Youth – health, education and the well being of the youth in the community.
- Health – wellness, safety and the eradication of disease.
- Community – improving the stability and quality of life in the community, particularly among low-to-moderate income individuals.
About Integra Telecom
Integra Telecom Inc. provides voice and Internet solutions to thousands of business and carrier customers in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of metropolitan access networks, nationally acclaimed Internet and data networks, and a 4,700-mile high-speed long haul network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. Integra Telecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom Inc. For more information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.
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