National Institute for Construction Excellence, Kansas City

National Institute of Construction Excellence

National Institute for Construction Excellence, Kansas City

Getting kids interested in excellent career options in the construction industry? NICE!

The National Institute for Construction Excellence, or NICE, is a local 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization, founded by members of the Kansas City design and construction industry in 1998. The organizations primary focus is to introduce young people, students, parents and educators to the various career opportunities available to them in the engineering, architecture, construction management and skilled trades industries.

And of course, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is a proud area partner! Through support of Cornell and other partners, NICE works with local schools and teachers creating programs designed to integrate with academics life skills and exposure to the construction industry. The impact of these programs helps to introduce students to careers in an often-overlooked industry and provides a solution to the recent decline in skilled workforce.

As an area partner, Cornell Roofing helps NICE make a difference. Not only does the program establish a connection between young people and the construction industry, but it also works to welcome a new and diverse workforce. NICE has steadily worked to appeal to young women and students of varying ethnic backgrounds, encouraging the development of life skills like: accountability, effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

NICE programs and projects incorporate: Job Shadowing Program, Speakers’ Bureau, Crayons to CAD, Senior Days, Educators’ Day and the iBuild Showcase. Other are partners include: JE Dunn Construction, Burns & McDonnell, Greater Kansas City, Building Trades Council, Metro Area Schools, Missouri State University, Youth Build, The Builders’ Association and Kansas City Public Schools, to name a few. Learn more about NICE by visiting their website,

Mary McNamara Completes Tuck-KC Executive Education Program

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Mary McNamara Completes Tuck-KC Executive Education Program

Our Executive Leadership team is always on the hunt for new opportunities to not only grow Cornell as a leader in the commercial roofing and sheet metal industry, but also to further their own continuing education. Just last month, Mary McNamara completed the inaugural Tuck-KC Education program entitled Strategy and Business Development for Minority Business Entrepreneurs. Burns & McDonnell, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, DST Systems, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City Power & Light and Sprint sponsored the program.

The Tuck Executive Education Programs at Dartmouth has hosted continuing learning programs around the nation since 1980 with over 7,000 minority executive, successful alumni. Tuck Executive Education offers classes that cover varying aspects of businesses and industries, including: Brand and Reputation, Growing the Minority Business Scale and Leading Innovation: From Idea to Impact.

This particular program of two and half days focused on the managerial tools to become more successful growing enterprises. Topics included: Strategy Overview, Finance and Accounting, Understanding the Value Chain, Organizational Development and Strategic Marketing. The two and half days was filled with discussions and presentations on small business covering each topic, giving participants insight to capitalize on opportunities at their own companies and organizations.

Over 25 local Kansas City business leaders attended the program, including our own Mary McNamara. Congrats to each and every one, and looking forward to continued success through the knowledge gained from this world-class program through Tuck Executive Education. Learn more about the Tuck Executive Education program here,