As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, we are presented with new challenges due to the current pandemic. We are actively developing new ways to continue engaging with students, educators and parents to make sure they are not only aware, but well-informed, about the great career opportunities within the construction industry.

The NICE Board made the difficult decision at its August 6 meeting to cancel the Sixth Annual Awards Luncheon that was scheduled for October 27, 2020. While we need to continue to raise funds to accomplish our mission, we believe that gathering hundreds of benefactors at what is our sole fundraising event each year may be increasing the risk for everyone. It is with respect for the well-being of all involved that we forego this event.

The positive news is that among the many sectors of business in our community, construction activity continues. It remains one of the steady factors in the economy, and we are compelled to keep developing the pipeline of the future workforce.

Our commitment to this task is unwavering. Especially through this pandemic, your continued support of our programs and efforts make it possible to meet the inherent challenges.

We appreciate your consideration of a contribution for 2021.