Mark Byrd is one of Kansas City’s strong community leaders for education and the President and founder of New Reflections Technical Institute. NRTI was an idea created by Mark, after seeing the disadvantages of the Kansas City Metro communities and job placement. He has worked tirelessly to provide Kansas City with the services needed to change the way people live and how they view their community. His passion has expanded into what NRTI is today, offering technical training to thousands of students.
This season Mark will be helping our teams at our Season 4 competition at Union Station and he has a number of workshop skills and experience, including carpentry and woodworking, painting and plumbing. Mark will also help our teams with time management, creativity and entrepreneurship.
For nearly 20 years Mark has developed a plan to address the social and economic issues that affect our communities everyday, and he will be a great asset to our teams. The programs he’s created over the years have changed lives in ways not possible before.
He introduced vocational and technical training into an arena that was desperately looking for solutions and targeted segments of the community that were disadvantaged and at-risk. “CDL truck driving is one of the highest demand industries in the nation, so we work with people in the community that have challenges to help them overcome those barriers to get good jobs,” and through NRTI, created alternatives to the traditional manner in which the community viewed education, training, and our most disadvantaged.“If you want to reduce crime, you have to provide jobs,” Mark noted.
The programs at NRTI help individuals in the community establish economic and educational growth, and it promotes positive reflection of oneself. At New Reflections Technical Institute, students can receive the following certifications in:
- Commercial Drivers license – Drivers enrolled in this six-week program gain hands-on training and course knowledge to handle and operate a commercial truck safely.
- Computer User Support -Computer technology and accounting systems
- Secretaries & Administrative Assistants
- Call Center Representatives
If you’re interested in enrolling, visit New Reflections’ website for more information, or call (816) 361-5239. Watch this KCPT piece about Mark and New Reflections – Startups: Made in Kansas City.