About

We provide teachers with career tools to educate students in construction and skilled trades. 

The National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE) was established in 1998 to create construction education programs that increase awareness of careers in construction, engineering, architecture, contracting and the skilled trades. Our main audience is middle school and high school students, parents, and educators.

Math, science, and communication skills are refined as kids work both individually and in teams to learn the built environment. Immersive, project-based, industry-supported programs begin at the sixth grade level and continue through senior year.

NICE is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.

NICE KC Goals:

  1. Develop our future workforce, emphasizing the educational requirements for career success.
  2. Improve educational programs in science, engineering, math and technology.
  3. Work to attract minorities and women to the career opportunities in construction and skilled trades.
  4. Educate parents, teachers, counselors and youth to change perceptions of careers in construction and skilled trades.
  5. Advocate for economic growth that provides more construction opportunties for our future workforce.

NICE Educational Programs:

Crayons to CAD is an interactive, standards-based, middle school grade specific curriculum, which introduces students to the built environment as they construct “green” schools, or new baseball fields,  parks and community centers.  Math, Science, technology, engineering and communications are heavily embedded in the interactive, project-based program.  The experience culminates in a design-build competition showcased at NICE’s annual iBuild Showcase.

 

Crayons to CAD Teacher Training:  Meeting for middle school teachers interested in participating in Crayons to CAD at The Builders' Training Center. Crayons to CAD is an interactive, standards-based middle school grade specific curriculum which introduces students to the built environment as they construct “green” schools, or new baseball fields or parks and community centers. Math, Science, technology, engineering and communications are heavily embedded in the interactive, project-based program. The experience culminates in a design-build competition showcased at NICE’s annual iBuild Showcase. Schools may use the project without participating in the competition. 

 

High School CAD Project/Competition is sponsored by the The National Institute for Construction Excellence and the National Association of Women in Construction. The competition provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings. Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. The “Design Problem” provided is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of our area. Project drawings must include a minimum: a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure. The winners will be recognized at the iBuild Showcase.

In The Fall - High school CAD teachers can request the latest Design Problem (that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer) for their students. The schools can participate in the competition on the local, regional and national levels, but it isn’t a requirement of using the design problem. 

 

The iBuild Showcase is an annual construction industry career event held every spring; inviting thousands of students to actively connect with construction and business-related trades, architecture and engineering firms to meet these industry professionals and learn how they might choose their fields of endeavor.  Senior high school students are invited to interview, often with success, for internships.  Additional educational opportunities include apprenticeship, degree and scholarship programs. While at iBuild,students and teachers participate in hands-on activities such as: nail-driving contests, bricklaying, computer-aided drafting, and heavy equipment operation.

 

Educators’ Day at The Builders’ Association Training Center. Teachers and counselors will meet with apprenticeship instructors and directors to learn about career options, academic requirements, and earning potential associated with these career paths. Participants will also take part in hands-on activities. More info under the Teacher Resource tab.

 

Seniors’ Day is for high school seniors, post-secondary students and their teachers. They will meet with apprenticeship instructors and directors to learn about career options, academic requirements, and earning potential associated with these career paths. Participants will also take part in hands-on activities.