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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 The protocols and plans set forth will continue to be updated, revised or rescinded, as needed, as conditions change.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. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. Pa. secretary of education makes first visit to Manchester Bidwell Corporation

    In his first visit to Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera experienced first-hand how our organization combines many seemingly disparate elements – adult career training, youth arts education, jazz presentation and orchid and floral sales – into a dynamic whole with a proven record of positively changing lives.

    Rivera took a tour of MBC and met with President and CEO Kevin Jenkins and several executive directors including: Vice President of External and Government Relations for MBC Joanna Papada, Executive Director of Bidwell Training Center Dr. Kimberly Rassau, Executive Director of MCG Youth & Arts Justin Mazzei, Director of Greenhouse Operations Mark Wallace and Government Relations Consultant Mary Ann Eisenreich.

    MBC thoroughly enjoyed Rivera’s company. We are thankful of his support of our mission and educational model.

    Left to right: Government Relations Consultant Mary Ann Eisenreich, MBC President and CEO Kevin Jenkins, Vice President of External and Government Relations for MBC Joanna Papada, Executive Director of Bidwell Training Center Dr. Kimberly Rassau, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and Executive Director of MCG Youth & Arts Justin Mazzei.

    Left to Right: Director of Greenhouse Operations Mark Wallace and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera

     

     

  9. Join us for GiveBigPittsburgh 2019!

    It is officially the season of giving and there is no better way to end the year than by giving back to your community! Get ready to give! Starting at 12 a.m. on December 3rd, visit GiveBigPittsburgh’s website and make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts. Your donation serves as an investment in Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and the people whose lives we transform every day. Whether its $5 or $50, no gift is too small to make a BIG impact on your community.

    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

    About GiveBigPittsburgh

    GiveBigPittsburgh raises money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine and local sponsors, offers nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions. Learn more.

    Thank you from all of us here at MBC!

  10. Record number enroll at Bidwell Training Center

    For the entire 2018–2019 fiscal year Bidwell Training Center (BTC) enrolled 120 students, and BTC is projecting a significant increase in enrollment as this fall alone 89 students have enrolled in classes.

    This fall BTC enrolled its largest horticulture technology class in the history of the program. Its medical programs this fall exceeded total medical enrollment from last fiscal year and new cohorts are starting this upcoming spring.

    Strategic Changes Made to BTC’s Admissions

    When Executive Director Kimberly Rassau Ed.D. started at BTC this year, her priority
    was increasing the number of students served. Significant changes were made to the admissions strategy causing these excellent results. BTC has done a complete re-brand of their marketing materials and focused more on digital marketing in order to meet potential students where they are spending a lot of their time.

    While the admissions process is the same, BTC has been more flexible to try and accommodate future students. For instance, while informational sessions are still held Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m., potential students can now make an appointment to do an informational session if they aren’t able to make it to the one of those two days. Furthermore, a new addition to the admissions team has increased recruitment efforts.

    While the numbers prove the efforts are effective, BTC still has more changes planned.
    You’ll soon catch a new BTC commercial on television featuring BTC’s best ambassadors: alums. In addition, expect to see a complete redesign of the BTC website soon that will be clearer, modern, and easier to navigate.

    2019 BTC Placement Rates

    As reported in BTC’s 2019 Annual Report to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, BTC’s overall job placement rate is 82%. BTC placement officers keep in touch with graduates to check on their employment and provide career advisement. Below are the individual programs’ placement rates:

    • Laboratory Technician – 93%
    • Culinary Arts – 73%
    • Horticulture Technology – 77%
    • Medical Assistant – 100%
    • Medical Claims Processor – 73%
    • Medical Coder – 71%
    • Pharmacy Technician – 89%

    Apply to BTC

    Offering no-cost career training to Pennsylvania residents with a high school diploma
    or equivalent is not a secret that should be kept from anyone who can take advantage
    of this innovative educational model. If you or someone you know wants to learn
    more about enrolling at BTC call 1-800-516-1800.