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  1. 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:

    Donate to MCG Jazz:

    Donate to MCG Youth & Arts:

    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.

  2. 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.

    Read our latest statement regarding the closure of MBC and its affiliates and programs.

    Resources for Parents and Caregivers

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

    Resources for Our Students and Patrons

    General Resources

  3. 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.

  4. Manchester Bidwell Corporation 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  8. 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:…/bill-cowher-wins-daniel-…/

  9. MCG Jazz declared one of the world’s best jazz venues for ninth year in a row

    MCG Jazz is featured in the February issue of DownBeat magazine as one of the world’s greatest jazz venues of 2020. MCG Jazz is the only jazz venue in Western Pennsylvania and has won this title for the ninth year in a row. This is not only because there is not a bad seat in the house, but also for the free parking, personalized ticket concierge, open-seat ticket notifications and new this season, their pre-show dinners.

    MCG Jazz invites you to see their award-winning venue for yourself at their upcoming concert featuring jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner on February 21 at 9:30 p.m.


  10. Manchester Bidwell Corporation publishes 2018-2019 annual report

    On behalf of Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s (MBC) board of directors, we are pleased to present our annual report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This past year, new leaders built on our history of innovation and formed new partnerships across our programming.

    We partnered with colleges to expand the possibilities for at-risk youth. We’ve brought jazz education to both urban and rural schools where access to the power of music is rare. We are now at the forefront of urban agriculture and its community impact potential. We’ve removed barriers for adults whose lives don’t allow full-time course load by offering a part-time option for our medical programs. We are working with leaders in cities as diverse as Erie, Vancouver and West Palm Beach to replicate the MBC education model in a way that works for local people in need. It has certainly been an exciting year full of achievements and potential for our future.

    Read the entire MBC 2018-2019 annual report.

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