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April 5, 2013
 
Nationally recognized speaker, motivator to visit HCC
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) "Where Learning Comes to Life in Pursuit of Excellence" Lecture Series will feature Bill Strickland, a nationally recognized speaker and motivator, and president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. The event will be held on April 17, starting at 11 a.m. at The Centre. It is free and open to the public. Attend the event to:

  • Identify resources and sustainability strategies
  • Inspire administrators, teachers and underachievers
  • Make your organization more efficient, productive and sustainable
  • Identify funding resources, court businesses and better townships
  • Reenergize thinking and planning
  • Inspire student athletes on and off the court
Strickland is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). He is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity.

Throughout Strickland's distinguished career, he has been honored with numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the community including the coveted MacArthur "Genius" award. The past several decades have been dedicated to maintaining successful relationships with prominent national foundations and political leaders who share his passion and vision for a healthier future.

Strickland was born in 1947 and grew up in Manchester, an inner-city neighborhood of Pittsburgh. His life changed when he became inspired by high school art teacher Frank Ross, a skilled artisan on the potter's wheel. The relationship that Ross and Strickland initiated with a revolving mound of clay gave form to the future vision of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. The Guild began as an after-school arts program in a donated North Side rowhouse that Strickland secured while still a college student at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1969, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in American history and foreign relations.

The decline of the steel industry created widespread unemployment, and Bidwell Training Center addressed the problem by offering vocational training to displaced and underemployed workers. Due to Strickland's successful track record with MCG, he was asked in 1971 to assume leadership of BTC and guide its transition to providing skills relevant to Pittsburgh's emerging market economy. Strickland's involvement in both MCG and BTC doubled the strength of Manchester Bidwell Corporation's ability to help the community. He envisioned a template for social change and began to form relationships with businesses, government officials and individuals who shared his vision.

Today, Manchester Bidwell Corporation has evolved into a national model for education, culture and hope. MCG Youth & Arts and MCG Jazz are both programs of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. MCG Youth serves approximately 3,900 youth each year through classes and workshops in ceramics, photography, digital imaging and design art. MCG Arts gives students a chance to work intensively with visiting artists of national and international stature through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, residencies and school visits. MCG Jazz is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz music by bringing audiences together with jazz artists at its 350-seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative four-day performances and recordings. After 20 years of operation, MCG Jazz has become an anchor of Pittsburgh's cultural and community life.

Bidwell Training Center provides market-driven career education created through strong partnerships with leading local industries. The center offers accredited associate degree and diploma programs in fields as varied as culinary arts, chemical laboratory technologies, health careers, horticulture and office technology.

Manchester Bidwell Corporation is a business model that works. The model works so well that Strickland is replicating the Manchester Bidwell enterprise throughout the country. He has said, “If this country has a future, it's because of the ability to form visions and partnerships. I believe that we can change the United States of America in my lifetime. We've got to change the way this country sees itself."

Strickland and his family reside on the North Side of Pittsburgh. For more information on the event, contact Dan Lovett or Dana Scott at 252-536-5464. Pre-register to attend the event at http://halifaxcc.edu/flinew/Strickland/strickland.pdf . This event is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239