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  1. MBC resumes on-site operations with safety guidelines in place

    As on-site operations resume, Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has taken significant measures to help ensure the health and safety of staff, students and visitors on our campus. The protocols and plans set forth will continue to be updated, revised or rescinded, as needed, as conditions change. Together, these measures will help protect our community from exposure to COVID–19.

    Safety Guidelines & Procedures

    We have worked diligently to develop and implement comprehensive safety guidelines and procedures for the resumption of on-site operations that align with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expectations and standards.

    Stopping the Spread of Germs

    While on MBC’s campus, all staff, students and visitors must adhere to the following:

    • CDC-approved face masks that cover the nose and mouth are mandatory and are to be worn at all times while on MBC’s campus. If a person does not have a mask, our Human Resources office will provide them with one.
    • Staff, students and visitors must employ social distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people as much as feasible in all areas of MBC’s campus including classrooms, hallways, restrooms and common areas.
    • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the buildings that are a part of MBC’s campus. The stations are to be used as needed and hand-washing for at least 20 seconds is also encouraged throughout the day.

    General Operational Changes

    • MBC wants to remain welcoming to those interested in our work while ensuring the safety and security of our staff and students. We are currently conducting tours by appointment only with a limited number of visitors allowed. All visitors must adhere to our safety guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Those interested in booking tours should contact:

    Taylor Fife, Digital Marketing Specialist

    412-323-4000, ext. 195 or tfife@manchesterbidwell.org

    • Bidwell Training Center will not be conducting in-person information sessions our tours of their facilities at this time. Their informational session has moved to an online format.
    • MCG Jazz’s box office is operating remotely. They have also rescheduled spring concerts for the fall and have created an interactive, digital brochure for their new season.
    • MCG Youth & Arts will hold this year’s summer studio sessions virtually and this year’s MCG Invitational took place online. There are currently no artist exhibitions on display at our facilities.
    • The Drew Mathieson Center is offering contact-less pickup.

    Cleaning Procedures

    MBC’s programs and departments conducting in-person operations are committed to cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas frequently. Employees are also encouraged to disinfect their workspaces every day once arriving to work and before leaving.

    Protecting our Employees

    In the event of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, administration will be informed immediately. Administration will implement a response plan which includes the following:

    • Securing and decontaminating the affected areas by:
      • Closing off areas visited by the person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19;
      • Opening outside doors and windows and using ventilation fans to circulate air in the area;
      • Waiting at least 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting the affected area;
      • Cleaning and disinfecting all shared areas such as offices, bathrooms, break rooms and shared electronic equipment (i.e., tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls);
    • Identifying employees who were in close contact (within about 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptom onset to the time at which the patient isolated.
      • If any employee who was in close contact remains asymptomatic, the employees should adhere to the practices set out by the CDC in its April 8, 2020 Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practice for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19;
      • If the affected employee becomes sick during the workday, the person will be sent home immediately. Surfaces in the employee’s workspace will be cleaned and disinfected. Information on other employees who had contact with the ill employee during the time the employee had symptoms and 48 hours prior to symptoms will be compiled. Others at the workplace with close contact within 6 feet of the employee during this time are considered exposed;
      • Employees who were in close contacts of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the business premises will be promptly notified, consistent with applicable confidentiality laws.

    We are also helping our employees take care of not just their physical safety and well-being but also their mental health by providing them with resources.

    For More Information

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation cares about our community and is committed to providing the population we serve with helpful resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our resource page containing more health and safety tips, educational programming, student and patron relations and community welfare services.

    For any additional questions or concerns about MBC’s efforts related to COVID-19, please contact us.

  2. What actions will you take?

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) is saddened and horrified at the murders of George Floyd, Ahmad Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor and the systemic racism that persists in our country that allows these tragedies to continue to occur. Throughout the entire history of MBC—for 52 years—we’ve been saddened and horrified by these appalling acts. Today, as we have done for 52 years, MBC supports the protestors shining a light on police brutality and an unjust society.

    We learned that to fight institutional racism, we need justice like we need oxygen. To live, you must seek, demand, and fight for justice by taking action every day. The country has us on ventilators because it has made us believe inequity is natural. To breathe fully, it is not enough to say “act now.” It is time to ask yourself what actions you will take going forward.

    It takes the efforts of individuals to overhaul a system founded on inequality. Are you registered to vote? Are you educated on the issues and the candidates? Have you helped register every one of your friends and family and make sure they vote?

    Legislation is part of the solution, but laws alone will not end hate and despair. What will you do to affect a change? How active are you in the community? Can you spend your time mentoring youth? Don’t have the time? Regularly support the organizations like MCG Youth & Arts that help mentor and foster creativity in turn fueling enterprise. Given the chance to dream, anyone may have an opportunity to create something that will change the world.

    To change the world, we need to demonstrate what it looks like when you treat people as assets and not liabilities. Know someone who needs help finding a stable career path because they were let down by the educational system? Bring them to an information session at Bidwell Training Center where anyone regardless of race or income can get no-cost training. Given the proper positive environment, any person can grow the seed of personal genius buried inside them.

    To the business community, go beyond standing in solidarity and start acting in solidarity. How diverse is your employee population? Stop complaining about not having enough qualified candidates and partner with MBC to create programs that will produce the qualified employees you need. A social media post is not enough. It is beyond time to put some skin in the game.

    Legislators, prioritize spending for filling schools and jobs instead of filling jails. You earn the respect of a community by giving it respect when you create positive environments that shape behavior. At our facilities you don’t see metal detectors, armed guards, or security cameras. You see art, music, light, water, and hope. We’ve never had a situation of theft or violence in the 33 years our building has been open because our community gives us the same respect we give them.

    We need to stop fighting for justice only when innocent lives are lost. We have to fight for justice every day so we don’t lose anymore. Protesting is a powerful moment, but we need the same amount of people to create a powerful movement.

  3. Become a helper in a time of critical need, participate in #GiveBigPittsburgh

    Give Big Pittsburgh's COVID-19 Response

    In response to the immediate and unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we invite you to participate in #GiveBigPittsburgh, a day of giving and unity. Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you can make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts.

    Why Should I Give?

    For more than 50 years, Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has weathered difficult times and continued to serve people in need largely thanks to the generous support of our community. We’ve created diverse programming, empowered adults-in-transition and transformed the lives of countless urban and at-risk youth with the help of our donors.

    We ask that you join our family of donors because now more than ever we need your generosity to continue our mission of transforming lives.

    Your donation helps the laid-off single mother who needs career training to get a new job, the musician who was forced to cancel their gigs at local restaurants and the child who uses art as a way to cope with losing a loved one.

    In philanthropy, donors have an opportunity to do more than simply witness, but rather to act. Now is a great opportunity for each of us and our families to reflect on how we share, collaborate, invest and give to our neighbors.

    Become a helper. Your gift, regardless of size, will make a huge impact.

    How Do I Give?

    Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you can make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts.

    Donate to Bidwell Training Center:  http://bit.ly/givebigbtc

    Donate to MCG Jazz: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgjazz

    Donate to MCG Youth & Arts: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgyouth

    Our commitment to our mission remains as strong as ever and we are grateful for your support during this challenging time. The MBC family thanks you!

    Join the Movement on Social Media

    Follow MBC’s and its affiliates’ social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags, #GiveBigPittsburgh, #GivingTuesdayNow and #GiveMBC to show your support and encourage donor participation. If we see your post, we may even like or share it on our social pages!

    About Give Big Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 Response Campaign

    Rather than waiting until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Giving Tuesday) to launch the fourth annual Give Big Pittsburgh campaign, Pittsburgh Magazine is jumping in now with the COVID-19 Response Campaign, an effort to assist in raising critical dollars — in the safest way possible — for nonprofits in Western Pennsylvania during this time of exceptional need.

    Nationally, this initiative is inspired by Giving Tuesday and its #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

  4. Coronavirus resources for you and your family

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation cares about our community and is committed to providing the population we serve with helpful resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The links provided below are from trusted sources and contain a variety of information concerning health and safety tips, educational programming, student and patron relations and community welfare services. We will update this page as new information and resources become available.

    Please stay tuned to all of our affiliates’ communications, including their social media outlets, as they announce new, creative ways to provide programming the community desperately needs.

    Resources for Parents and Caregivers

    Looking for more virtual learning? Visit MCG Youth & Arts.

    Resources for Our Students and Patrons

    General Resources

  5. MBC COVID-19 closure update

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates and programs have always acted with the health and safety of our students, staff, and patrons as our primary priority, and in accordance with all government orders during this crisis. Our past anticipated re-open dates were based on the latest government orders. Based on the indefinite nature of Governor Tom Wolf’s latest order, we do not want to set an arbitrary re-open date. With the new guidance from the federal government and under the best-case scenario we are hoping to resume full operations Monday, May 4, 2020. However, this can certainly change.

    For over 50 years, Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s success has come from adapting to the needs of the community and the market, and we are currently operating under that mindset. Please stay tuned to all our affiliates’ communications as they announce new, creative ways to provide the programming the community desperately needs.

    Our foundational principles are steering us now more than ever. We must fill our new confined environments with beauty, light, and hope to shape positive behavior. We are relying on our creativity more than ever to fuel enterprise. Finally, in a time filled with despair, we must always remember people are assets not liabilities.

    We appreciate your patience and help during this time.

  6. MBC closure extended to April 6

    In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s order, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates and programs will extend its closure with hopes to reopen April 6.

    We continue to ask all to please stay tuned to our websites, social media outlets, and emails as the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience during this time.

  7. Manchester Bidwell Corporation Temporary Closure

    Due to an abundance of caution and in concert with new state-wide guidance around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its affiliates and programs will be closed effective immediately. We will reopen March 23. Performances held at MBC will be postponed through March 31.

    While there has been no report of COVID-19 infection in Allegheny County at the moment, we are prudently going to deep clean and sanitize all common areas and offices to help slow the spread of the virus. While closed, no one is allowed in any of our facilities without the approval of MBC President & CEO Kevin Jenkins.

    During our closure, staff will still be compensated.

    For our students and patrons, you will receive specific communication from our affiliates and programs, but we want to provide you with some basic information. Bidwell Training Center students, all programs will be extended by the amount of time missed due to the closure. For MCG Youth & Arts students, our upcoming spring enrollment and trimester will be postponed, and a new date will be announced. For our MCG Jazz patrons, customers with tickets to performances in March will be contacted with information on exchanges, donations, and rescheduled dates.

    We will continue to stay in contact with appropriate officials and entities regarding any new guidance in slowing the spread of the virus. We ask that all staff, students, and stakeholders, stay tuned to our websites, social media channels, and emails for any changes to the current closure.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this time.

  8. Bidwell Training Center to host student cook-off with Fifth Season as partner

    Bidwell Training Center’s Culinary Arts and Horticulture Technology students, staff and faculty at Fifth Season.

    Bidwell Training Center‘s (BTC) Culinary Arts and Horticulture Technology seniors will battle against one another in a cook-off. The event will mimic the famous competition show Chopped on Food Network. Each student must prepare a spectacular salad. The catch? They have to use Fifth Season, powered by RoBotany‘s flagship Bridge City Blend, create their own salad dressing and prepare seven servings of the dish in 30 minutes. Students must impress the judges in order to avoid getting “chopped,” meaning eliminated from the competition, in order to advance to the final cook-off round. Other requirements include:

    • a maximum of 4 “mix-in” ingredients can be used
    • total ingredient cost must be no more than 75 cents per ounce
    • participants must create a name for their salad and creative description

    In the final cook-off round, students will be given a secret set of ingredients for an impromptu creation. The winner of the competition will receive a dinner for two at Superior Motors and a shadowing session with General Manager of Fifth Season Tejas Rane and Executive Chef of Superior Motors Brian Little.

  9. Bidwell Training Center’s Pharmacy Technician graduates earn 90% exam passage rate

    Bidwell Training Center’s Pharmacy Technician program students who took the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam between 2017 and 2020 earned a 90% exam passage rate. The tenacity and resolve of our affiliates’ students is truly remarkable. The students also scored higher than the national average of 58% for eight out of nine of the exam’s knowledge domains including Pharmacy Law/Regulations and Medication Safety.

    Learn more about the Pharmacy Technician program.


  10. Founder and Executive Chairman Bill Strickland receives Ireland Funds Community Impact Award

    Our Founder and Executive Chairman Bill Strickland will be awarded the Ireland Funds Community Impact Award on March 17 at the 2020 Ireland Fund Pittsburgh Dinner Gala at Heinz Field. This honor is given to a leader who has produced successful organizational initiatives in response to a significant contemporary problem. Another award recipient of the gala includes former head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher.

    Read more about the gala and find out how to purchase tickets: https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/…/bill-cowher-wins-daniel-…/

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