Construction lab at MCC's Advanced Technical Skills Institute gets a new name

July 05, 2022 | Tim Engle

The home base for MCC's building maintenance and construction program (BLDM) is now called the JE Dunn Construction Co. Construction Lab, thanks to a $150,000 donation from the firm.

The space in the College's new Advanced Technical Skills Institute is where you'll find high school juniors and seniors from North Kansas City Schools and Guadalupe Centers (as well as some traditional students) acquiring carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing skills.

JE Dunn Construction Lab

The building maintenance and construction lab at ATSI now bears the name of JE Dunn Construction Co. (Photo by Basil Lister/MCC)

That program is also known as the Kansas City Construction Career Academy, established in 2018 through a partnership of the College, NKC Schools and...JE Dunn Construction. KCCCA students can earn two certificate credentials and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree.

Another MCC-JE Dunn connection: former MCC Board of Trustees President David Disney worked at the construction company for 36 years, retiring as a senior vice president in early 2021.

JE Dunn's financial gift to MCC's The Path Forward capital campaign will help support future building maintenance and construction program enhancements and student scholarships, says Billy Dunbar, director of major gifts for the MCC Foundation.

The JE Dunn Construction Lab is the first space to carry a company's name at ATSI, 2944 Troost Ave. Other naming opportunities are available at ATSI and at the College's other two new workforce facilities: the Engineering Technology building at MCC-Penn Valley and the Blue River East building at MCC’s campus in Independence. To learn more, email

Signage for the JE Dunn Construction Lab went up just before the ATSI ribbon-cutting ceremony in April. The building -- a former printing warehouse -- opened in January.