Advanced Construction + Design Institute

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Advanced Construction + Design Institute
Empower your construction + design career or business.

Photo Credit: Megan Cooper

Institute Summary

Since 2018, the Construction + Design Institute has provided bad ass early-mid career construction tradespeople and muralists with an intentional and inspirational learning environment that promotes an “I Got This” mindset. Students are provided career coaching and mentorship that helps build confidence, further develop their brand (personal and/or business) become more comfortable with public speaking, address trauma and limiting beliefs that affects success in the workplace and stregthen their understanding about the operational and administrative responsbilities that help ensure the success of small businesses and departments alike.

Our Industry Experts

Meet the 2023 Advanced Construction + Design Institute Class 

Coach Bree, Urban Rock Muralist and founder of The Albany Rock Project

Kymberli, Body Painter, Oil Painter and Muralist

Chris, Aspiring Interior Architect and Co-Founder of Kuumba Collaborative

Institute Details

Application opens October 2024

Institute Description

Rising badass construction trades people, interior designers and decorators and muralists aged 18-35 enroll in this Institute to receive industry specific career mentorship and coaching from field experts.

We accept up to 8 emerging construction + design professionals and entrepreneurs serious about advancing their career or growing their small business. We invite individuals who are coachable, embrace honest feedback and desire to improve while bringing their career and/or small business to the next level.

Construction + design students will focus their attention on how to:

  • Enhance their brand and influence
  • Develop a better understanding of industry trends and how it operates
  • Work alongside a community of industry professionals and peers who inspire forwarrd forward movement and advancement

Each Construction + Design Institute student will be paired with a coach to help with development and implementation of a 6 month action plan.

At the end of 6 months, we will celebrate and showcase the success of the students at the Construction + Design Showcase attended by area industry professionals, family and friends. Students present the goals they’ve achieved during the Institute, announce the additional resources they need to bring themselves to the next level and are awarded with a customized toolkit based on needs career advancement needs.

Ideal Candidates

Age: 18-35

Candidate Status: We are seeking motivated, coachable construction + design professionals and entrepreneurs who embrace honest feedback, desire to improve their skills and knowldge about the business behind the industry. Candidates must have 2+ years of experience plus a passion and desire to grow in the construction and/or design industries whether you: 

  • work for and support the growth of a small, medium or large construction, mural painting, interior design or interior decorating company
  • offer freelance services in the construction + design industry or
  • run a small business in the construction + design industry

You are currently in one or more of the following positions:

    • Carpenter
    • Metal Worker
    • Painter
    • Muralist
    • Interior Designer
    • Interior Decorator
    • Blogger (must be covering stories on construction, interior design, interior decorating or mural painting industries)
    • Graphic Designer (your clients must be in the construction, interior design, interior decorating or mural painting industries)
    • Photographer (your clients must be in the construction, interior design, interior decorating or mural painting industries)
    • Videographer (your clients must be in the construction, interior design, interior decorating or mural painting industries)

Institute Phases

You will transition through these phases to advance your confidence, brand, intellect and influence.

PHASE 1: Growth Mindset

We prepare you to have a positive experience by identifying and addressing trauma that leads to limiting beliefs as well as negative reactions which can hinder your learning experience and overall positive growth and development. Addressing trauma from the onset sets the stage for a transformational learning experience.

PHASE 2: Customer/Client Identification

You will clarify who your customer or client is, why you are marketing and selling to this target audience as well as your passion and motivation behind working with these individuals.

For those self-motivated employees out there, the company leadership team is your client!

PHASE 3: Marketing, Brand Development + Content Creation

You will enhance your personal brand by further establishing yourself as an expert in the field and developing content that showcases your knowledge and skills. Marketing and brand development pros will help you will take steps to enhance your personal brand message and identity.

PHASE 4: Team Development 

Having a solid team of people who helps you meet and exceed your goals is CRITICAL to your success as someone who is elevating your authority in the fashion and/or beauty industry. It’s not easy to build a team, mainly because it’s hard to trust people WILL produce quality work; however, as a leader, YOU MUST trust your team to execute a shared vision. During this phase, you will get clear on who you need to be on your team to help you get to the next level as an influential employee or entrepreneur in the industry!

PHASE 5: Visual + Verbal Communications

Visual and verbal communication stand out as two distinct yet interconnected means of expression. As a growing authority in your fields it is critical you confidently express your thoughts and ideas to connect with others on a deeper level. With the guidance of a verbal and visual communication pros you will increase your confidence when conveying your message and knowledge to audiences.

PHASE 6: Financial Management 

Understanding your finances will empower you to grow your revenue as an employee or entrepreneur. It is CRITICAL for you to have full knowledge of the expenses and revenue that help you elevate to the next level of your career as an industry influencer and authority.

PHASE 7: Public Speaking + Networking

Getting comfortable motivating groups of people to take action will bring you far. This is your time to shine during a 3 night, 4 day industry business trip. You will speak with industry pros who are also making a real difference but further along in their career than you are. You will strengthen your confidence and ability to publicly present pitch decks and present yourself as someone worth hiring, recommending or doing business with. This is your time to convey messages that motivates your audience to take action! 

PHASE 8: Celebrate, Construction + Design Showcase

Celebrating success and growth is INCREDIBLY important! We will celebrate all of your accomplishments while you showcase your work, achievements and next level aspirations. This public event attracts industry professionals and community members dedicated to supporting people like you thrive!  

PHASE 9: Accountability Mentorship

You will be paired with an accountability mentor to assure you continue to implement action steps related to the next level goals you established for yourself by the end of the first 6 months of the Institute. This mentorship will be provided for one year after the first 6 months of the Institute.

Schedule + Cost

Application opens October 2024

Dates: February – August; this is an 18 month program
February: Mindset Retreat, an experience to prepare you for the Fashion + Beauty Institute lifestyle.

Part I: February – August | Part II: September – August

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, every Monday and Tuesday

Application accepted October – December
Interviews conducted in November and December

Institute Tuition

$4,820 for early stage entrepreneurs or early-mid career employees paying themselves (true value: $16,000) – supports the cost of a 3night/4day  Mindset Retreat, 6 months of weekly industry coaching and mentorship, supplies, workbook, dinner at each session, RT travel and overnight accommodations for the Construction + Design* tour, a business toolkit and 10 months of 1:1 mentorship from an industry professional following Part I of the Institute. PAYMENT PLANS ARE OFFERED.

The Construction + Design tour will be a 2night/3day business trip outside of the Capital Region that includes meetings with construction + design professionals creating innovative designs and structures.

The business toolkit will include equipment, supplies and gift certificates aligned with your individual career and/or business goals. Items may include a sewing table, shoe horns, certificates to pro bono or low-cost marketing services, and more.

$10,000 for established businesses investing in their team members – supports the cost of a 3night/4day Mindset Retreat, weekly coaching, supplies, workbook, dinner at each session, RT travel and overnight accommodations for the Construction + Design* tour and your custom business toolkit. PAYMENT PLANS ARE OFFERED.

The Construction + Design tour will be a 2night/3day business trip outside of the Capital Region that includes meetings with construction + design professionals creating innovative designs and structures.

The business toolkit will include equipment, supplies and gift certificates aligned with your individual career and/or business goals. Items may include a sewing table, shoe horns, certificates to pro bono or low-cost marketing services,  and more.

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Contact Us

To learn more, use our contact form or reach out at
inquire[at]matransitionservices.org
(518) 207-0209

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