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April 23, 2013
HCC hosts Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) "Learning Comes to Life in Pursuit of Excellence" Lecture Series featured Bill Strickland, a nationally recognized speaker and motivator, and president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. The event was held April 17.

Strickland explained that he wants to change the conversation about the poor in this country. He noted that just because a person is poor, that is not the end of the story. "They can do extraordinary things if given the tools," said Strickland, who made a presentation showing the Bidwell Training Center. "A beautiful environment creates beautiful people...You can do things in poor communities—you just need to want to do it bad enough."

Strickland is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center. 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.

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.

This event was funded by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant and HCC.
Bill Strickland talks about Bidwell’s culinary arts program
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