Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Renton, Wash. – The Renton Technical College (RTC) Foundation announced today that Unico Properties LLC, a real estate investment and operating company, has created a new scholarship fund for students in the college’s commercial building engineering program. The company is sponsoring three $500 per-quarter scholarships, which are designed to incentivize students to enroll in RTC’s commercial building engineering program with the goal of increasing the number of graduates for the construction industry – an industry eager to hire skilled workers.
“Unico values and seeks employees who are invested in advancing their knowledge and expertise,” said Clarence Clipper, Unico Properties Co-Director of Engineering. “We see establishing a scholarship to support the development of skilled talent as the first step in hiring the best talent, so we’re thrilled for the opportunity to partner with RTC.”
Clipper, who is an RTC alumnus, knows firsthand the potential awaiting graduates. “The hands-on, technical training that RTC provides in their commercial building engineering program is key in helping students enter the workforce with the practical experience needed to start or further their careers.”
The Seattle metropolitan area added more construction jobs than any other city in the country at a 13 percent growth rate last year. With the construction boom expected to continue, demand for building engineers will continue to remain high. Graduates from the RTC program enjoy a 91 percent job placement rate and a median annual salary of $50,964.00.
“Many companies can’t find workers with construction skills such as commercial building engineering, and that is a trend we have to fix,” says Stan Kawamoto, RTC Foundation president and former partner at J Harper Contractors. “The foundation is grateful for companies like Unico who are stepping up and supporting career training at Renton Technical College.”
Kawamoto added, “We know these scholarships make a difference. Students who receive scholarships through the foundation have an 80 percent completion rate. That is almost four times the national average.”
About Unico Properties LLC
Unico Properties LLC is a real estate investor and full-service operator focused on office and multifamily assets in the Western United States. For more than 60 years its investors and partners have relied on Unico for its local knowledge, institutional rigor, and boutique service, which consistently deliver results. Founded in 1953, Unico is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Unico is a proven operating partner. With
more than 10 million square feet of LEED-certified properties, the company is a leader in sustainable best practices, developing and managing some of the world’s highest performing green buildings, and transforming the built environment. For more information about Unico, please visit the firm’s website at www.unicoprop.com.
Carrie Shaw, Director, RTC Foundation
Phone: (425) 235-7867
Perez Public Relations for Unico Properties