Community Commitment

TransAlta is one of the largest employers in Southwest Washington. When we purchased the Centralia plant in 1999, we immediately invested in pollution-control technology to make Centralia one of the cleanest coal-fired plants in the country. TransAlta and its more than 350 local employees are also committed to the community and together, have invested more than $10 million into regional projects and initiatives.

Most recently, we’ve partnered with Centralia College to build a new college commons that will be the home for the school’s admissions centre, student support services, the college bookstore, future technology classrooms, an expanded cafeteria and provide a 500-seat dining/meeting space to be used by the campus and community.

Groundbreaking on the TransAlta College Commons building was held on June 30, 2015. Construction of this new building is anticipated to take between 18 and 24 months with completion in the spring of 2017. With this timeline, students starting class in the fall of 2017 will have an opportunity to use the new facility.