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Bidwell Training Center’s 2014–15 Jesse W. Fife Jr. Fabric of Our Community Award given to Josifani Munyika Moyo on November 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.


Mr. Moyo celebrated for helping BTC students to achieve goals, become contributors to the economy of Southwestern Pennsylvania.


Bidwell Training Center (BTC), an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, will be honoring the 2014–15 Jesse W. Fife Jr. Fabric of Our Community award recipient, Mr. Moyo, on Monday, November 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1815 Metropolitan Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side.


Every year, BTC selects an awardee who embodies the mission and vision of changing the lives of adults-in-transition in Southwestern Pennsylvania and demonstrate a significant and consistent contribution to the career training sector. This year’s honoree is like the backing panel of a quilt, providing support, structure, and strength. Mr. Josifani Munyika Moyo has dedicated the last forty-two years to those most in need of academic enrichment, career training and employment opportunities. Mr. Moyo believes that everyone can learn math and channels that passion into making the subject fun and practical, not intimidating. Having shared his gifts with over ten thousand students during his extraordinary career, Mr. Moyo has been an exemplary contributor to the Bidwell Training Center’s mission of “We Change Lives.”


 “Mr. Moyo is a consummate professional and an inspiration to the staff and students of this fine institution. He patiently gave his time to help me learn more effective instructional techniques and strategies to help our students achieve their educational goals, meanwhile providing students with problem solving skills, study skills, and time management skills to help students reach graduation. Mr. Moyo has been a true revelation throughout his 40 plus years of service to the Bidwell Training Center’s staff, students (past and present), and community,” says Aaron Schlott, medical program instructor at Bidwell Training Center. Cashmere Gore, former GED student and Pharmacy Technician graduate says, “How do you measure a great man? You look at the lives he has impacted. He showed me that no matter what your current state is, if you just keep faith in yourself others will do the same."


Presenting the 2014–15 Jesse W. Fife Jr. Fabric of Our Community award will be President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland.


Other Fabric of Our Community honorees have included the Reverend Doctor James J. Robinson, Founder of Bidwell Cultural and Training Center; Jack Forsythe, new business opportunity analyst, Individual Marketing CAS, Bayer MaterialScience LLC; Mary Curet Duranti, director, Disabilities Resource Center at UPMC; Scott Lammie, Chief Financial Officer, UPMC Health Plan and senior vice president, UPMC Insurance Services Division; the John and Cathy Pelusi Family Fund; and Ms. Mary Ann Eisenreich and Pennsylvania Women Work. The award is named for the late Mr. Jesse W. Fife Jr., who received the award posthumously in 2011. During his long tenure as Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Fife strengthened the fabric of Pittsburgh’s community by helping to create and nurture Bidwell Training Center, an adult career training center that has changed the lives of Southwestern Pennsylvanians over the past four decades.


This year, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this event and BTC’s commencement ceremony on Saturday April 11, 2015 at Rodef Shalom Congregation.



Lead Sponsor

UPMC Health Plan


Partnering Sponsors

PJ Dick - Trumbull - Lindy Paving



Corporate Sponsors

Community College of Allegheny County

Scott & Susan Lammie

Bill & Nancy Rackoff

Rivers Casino




For more information about Bidwell Training Center: bidwell-training.org


About Bidwell Training Center
For over 40 years, Bidwell Training Center has attracted national recognition for its innovative and career-oriented training. We partner with leading corporations to design high-caliber, market-relevant career training majors leading to entry-level employment. Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), named a 2012 ACCSC School of Excellence, and at no cost to our constituents, our programming is geared toward equipping students with the necessary skills for employment in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Current majors include Chemical Laboratory Technician, Culinary Arts, Electronic Record Medical Assistant, Horticulture Technology, Medical Claims Processing, and Medical Coding.


About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates
At Manchester Bidwell Corporation, we have a simple philosophy – environment shapes people’s lives. By constructing an atmosphere of art, light, music and supportive staff, we enable our students to become productive society members. We do this through two programs: Bidwell Training Center provides accredited and state licensed adult career training while Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Youth & Arts program serves public school students by offering courses in our ceramics, design, digital and photography studios. We are so confident in our vision that we founded the National Center for Arts & Technology to create similar educational environments across the nation … and the world!

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