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Associated General Contractors of Iowa

AGC Iowa Offers Scholarships

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC Iowa) is dedicated to improving the quality of construction through a broad range of member services. In addition, AGC Iowa also provides annual scholarships to high school students interested in Highway Construction and Diesel Technology.

The deadline to apply is April 12, 2020, and recipients will be announced on May 1, 2020.

Highway Construction Scholarship

Currently, the heavy highway industry is facing a shortage of qualified individuals. The AGC Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors interested in Heavy Equipment Operation, Engineering Technician, or general construction programs. Preference will be given to individuals who are interested in working in the heavy highway industry.

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Diesel Technology Scholarship

Currently, the heavy highway industry is facing a shortage of diesel technicians/mechanics. The AGC Iowa Foundation is offering scholarships to high school seniors entering diesel technician or diesel engine diploma programs at community colleges across the state.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to work on diesel engines.

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Iowa Recognition of Construction Safety Excellence

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa established the annual “Recognition of Safety Excellence Awards” (ROSE) to recognize contractor member companies who develop and implement excellent safety and loss prevention programs.

In order to be acknowledged as a top safety contractor, the following requirements must be met:

  • Nominations should highlight outstanding achievements in the area of safety.
  • Activities can include training, program development, innovative techniques or procedures or other activities, which promote or enhance safety awareness and/or achievement.
  • Significant reduction in incidents, lowering the member’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and/or Days Away from work Restricted or job Transfer (DART) rates.
  • The creation of incentives, awards and recognition programs or other noteworthy actions taken to enhance the member’s safety program.

McCarthy Improvement received a second-place ROSE Award in the Portland Cement Paving Division for contractors in the 100,000 – 400,000 work hours category.

“McCarthy Improvement considers our employees to be our most valuable assets; as such, we are dedicated to their protection,” stated Donna Said, Safety Manager of McCarthy Improvement. “The only way to achieve this is by ensuring that all employees, regardless of their position, are fully engaged in maintaining our proactive safety culture throughout the company. In addition, we have also developed a rigorous set of policies and procedures to prevent worksite incidents. We’re proud our safety program has been recognized by the IGC.”

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa is Iowa’s oldest and largest association of heavy/highway and municipal/utility contractors. AGC of Iowa represents hundreds of firms, including Iowa’s leading contractors and their service providers and suppliers. AGC of Iowa members are the “Public’s Partner in Building & Maintaining Iowa’s Highway, Bridge, And Municipal/Utility Infrastructure”. Visit the AGC of Iowa at www.agcia.org.

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