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The Late Jesse W. Fife Jr. Honored as 2011 Recipient of Bidwell Training Center’s Fabric of Our Community Award on March 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Fife joins past honorees as a positive influence on the economy of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
 – Bidwell Training Center (BTC), a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, will be honoring the 2011 Fabric of Our Community award recipient, the late Jesse W. Fife, Jr., on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 1815 Metropolitan Street on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
Every year, BTC selects an awardee who embodies the mission and vision of changing the lives of adults-in-transition in Southwestern Pennsylvania and who demonstrates a significant and consistent contribution to the career training industry. The 2011 honoree, the late Mr. Fife, strengthened the fabric of Pittsburgh’s community by helping to create and nurture Bidwell Training Center, a professional and caring organization that has served thousands of Southwestern Pennsylvanians over the past four decades.
Mr. Fife joined Bidwell Training Center in 1972 and was a passionate advocate for increasing employment opportunities, promoting civil and equal rights, and improving the lives of those less fortunate. Over the years, he ensured that BTC was sustainable and relevant while keeping the philosophy of positive change at its core. In 1999, Mr. Fife assumed the role of chief operating officer of BTC’s parent company, Manchester Bidwell Corporation. He held this position until his death in December 2010. Mr. Fife also served on a number of community boards and committees, including the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees. Mr. Fife’s leadership was a primary force in shaping the outstanding career institution BTC has become, and his influence continues to impact the lives of individuals far beyond the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Presenting the 2011 Fabric of Our Community award will be President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland and the 2010 Fabric of Our Community honoree Jack Forsythe, New Business Opportunity Analyst, Individual Marketing CAS, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. Accepting the award will be Mr. Fife’s widow, Valerie.
Other Fabric of Our Community honorees have included the Reverend Doctor James J. Robinson, Founder of Bidwell Cultural and Training Center; and Mary Curet, Director, Disabilities Resource Center, UPMC Community Provider Services.

This year, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this event and BTC’s commencement ceremony on Saturday April 9, 2011 at Rodef Shalom Synagogue at 6:30 p.m.


Presenting Sponsors
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Health Plan
Partnering Sponsors
Michael Bryson
Community College of Allegheny County
Community Care Behavioral Health
Scott and Sue Lammie
Marc Advertising
Nancy Rackoff
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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) and at no cost to our consituents, 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, Medical Coding, and Office Technology.
About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries
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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