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AGC of California Construction Education Foundation Receives Significant Contribution from Marina Landscape, Inc. to Establish Founder Scholarship Program

Scholarship Dedicated to Strengthening California’s Construction Industry Workforce

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Associated General Contractors of California Construction Education Foundation (AGC CEF) recently received a $100,000 donation from Marina Landscape, Inc. to support those pursuing a career in California’s construction industry.

The significant commitment will establish an endowment account creating the Marina Landscape, Inc. Scholarship awarded annually to students working towards a degree in landscape construction, contracting, engineering, construction management or business administration. The scholarship is also open to members of union trades specific to landscape careers.

The first Marina Landscape, Inc. Scholarship was awarded in October in the amount of $2,500 to student Kyler Cruz in the construction management program at California Polytechnic State University.

The scholarship is personal for Marina Landscape, Inc. founder and President, Bob Cowan who due to financial limitations at home, was unable to attend college.

“As a member of the AGC CEF Board of Directors for six years, I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact the Foundation’s efforts have made for the industry, including providing scholarships to deserving students ready to dive into the workforce and improve California,” said Bob Cowan, President, Marina Landscape, Inc. “As someone who couldn’t attend college, it is something I see great value in, and the opportunity to help others achieve Higher Education has always been a major priority for me. This is why I chose to give this donation and create a Founder Scholarship on behalf of Marina Landscape, to demonstrate Marina’s commitment to the future of the industry.”

While California’s construction workforce has experienced growth in recent years, a 2018 study by AGC of America found that 78% of California contractors are having a hard time filling some or all positions, with more than 40% expressing concerns that hiring challenges will only grow over time. Sixty percent offering salaried positions and 52% offering hourly wages increased base pay rates to help attract talent. As the industry continues to grow, it is critical we have a workforce trained and skilled to meet demand.

“Building the next generation of California’s construction workforce is core to our mission of identifying and developing the future workforce critical to ensuring a strong California economy”, said George Bradshaw, Executive Vice President of Underground Construction and Current AGC CEF Board Chair. “This donation will have a direct impact in helping students offset the educational costs of pursuing a career in construction and shaping the next generation of highly skilled workers in our industry.”

For more information on the Marina Landscape, Inc. Scholarship or to learn how your company can establish a Founder Scholarship, please contact Erin Volk, Vice President, Workforce and Community Development at volke@agc-ca.org or 916-371-2422.

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About Associated General Contractors of California Construction Education Foundation 

The mission of the AGC Construction Education Foundation is “we are dedicated to inspiring, developing, and equipping California’s current and future construction workforce.” Since 2013, approximately $500,000 in scholarships have been given to individuals or schools to support workforce development. 

The AGC CEF Founder Scholarship Program gives member companies the opportunity to make a donation and receive a named scholarship honoring their association. This program extends the opportunity for AGC members to create a legacy for their association and honored with each recipient’s educational accomplishments. For more information, please visit: https://www.agc-ca.org/Foundation/.