How Manchester Bidwell Works
Manchester Bidwell Corporation serves as the parent company for a number of affiliates and provides them with consolidated administrative functions such as finance, human resources, development, facility maintenance, marketing, and public relations. These combined functions serve to reduce overhead and make the family of organizations more cost-effective as a whole.
Bidwell Training Center (BTC) – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Founded in 1968 by Bidwell Street Presbyterian Church and the Manchester community, our program has evolved from a local trade school to an accredited and state-licensed career training for adults in transition and is focused on job placement.
The Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural and Agricultural Technology – Serving two purposes, our 40,000 square foot complex supports training in the plant sciences as well as being a production greenhouse producing orchids and other specialty crops for wholesale.
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Founded in 1968 by Bill Strickland as an after school ceramics program for the disadvantaged youth of his neighborhood, we have expanded MCG’s programming to include more art studios as well as a Jazz division.
MCG Youth & Arts – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Our out-of-school-time courses — based in ceramics, digital, design and photography art studios — are primarily for high-school-age students.
MCG Jazz – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – We preserve, promote and present jazz music through live concerts, archival recordings and educational programming.
Manchester Bidwell Development Trust – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Our trust was created in 1998 to establish endowments to secure and sustain the programs of BTC and MCG.
National Center for Arts & Technology – an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation – Our consulting group specializes in helping create centers of arts and technology based on the Manchester Bidwell educational model across the United States and the world.