Manchester Bidwell Corporation is the parent company of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bidwell Training Center, and the National Center for Arts & Technology.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]
Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has a simple, three-part philosophy
- Every human being is an asset and every life is valuable;
- Environment shapes people’s lives; and
- Creativity fuels innovation
By constructing an empowering atmosphere of art, light, music and recruiting a staff that strives to realize the genius in everyone, MBC helps people of all ages to become productive members of society. MBC’s philosophy originated when, as a high-school student, MBC founder Bill Strickland met Pittsburgh Public High School art teacher Frank Ross. Ross mentored Strickland and helped to impress upon Strickland the power of art, education and community. Importantly, Ross also assisted Strickland in obtaining entrance to the University of Pittsburgh.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] While still in college in 1968, Strickland founded Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to bring arts education and mentorship to inner-city youth in his neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The MCG Youth & Arts program, as it is now called, serves students, many of whom are at risk for dropping out, by offering studio-based courses in ceramics, design, digital arts and photography.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] In 1972, Strickland assumed leadership of a struggling building trade school, located near Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Over the years, Bidwell Training Center (BTC) evolved to offer programs in seven majors, including Chemical Laboratory Technician, Horticulture Technician, Culinary Arts, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Claims Processing, Medical Coder and Electronic Record Medical Assistant. BTC is a nationally recognized and accredited, state-licensed adult career-training institution that assists people who are unemployed, underemployed or in transition with the education, training and professional skills needed to find employment in the local job market. In 2012, BTC was one of only 17 out of 800 schools to be named a School of Excellence, the highest distinction of its accrediting body the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges.