Dolores “Lorie” Sewchok
Lorie attended the University of Pittsburgh evenings and weekends, discovering how deficient her educational attainment and preparation were. She learned to love physical science and majored in Chemistry with a minor in education. She was determined to provide public school children better instruction and understanding of math and science.
After a few years of teaching in public education, Lorie went to work for Goodwill, training senior adults to use computers in the workplace. From there she worked at a proprietary school, where she discovered that the ability to pay tuition was a much larger priority than mastering of skills needed for employment. This went against her educational philosophy so she took advantage of an offer to work for Bidwell Training Center (BTC). At Bidwell, she designed and implemented eight different medical training programs and developed an evening incumbent worker training program for the largest employer in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Lorie was with Bidwell Training Center (BTC) for approximately eighteen years when the National Center for Arts and Technology (NCAT), a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), was created to replicate the successful training programs of Bidwell Training Center and Manchester Craftsmen Guild. She began to serve as an adult education specialist as a consultant to the NCAT team while maintaining her directorship of BTC’s Medical Training Programs. In her 20th year of employment she had the opportunity to move on to the NCAT team, and one year later became the Vice President of Operations for NCAT. As of 2017, in her 31st year with Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Lorie is a Sr. Project Manager for NCAT.