“If a Person Can Work, All Other Things Will Follow” – Reflections on 50 Years of the Clearfield Job Corps Center

Last month, Jane Marquardt, Vice Chair of MTC, spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Northern Utah. In her remarks to the audience, she reflected on her father’s commitment to education and the importance of the services Job Corps provides.

In the fall of 1966, the Job Corps program was first being conceived by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Sergeant Shriver as a tool in the “War on Poverty.” Modeled after the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the goal of the Job Corps was and is to this day to provide vocational and academic training to young people ages 16-24.

Jane’s father, Robert Marquardt, saw this as a great opportunity to enhance the lives of the working class and those seeking opportunity in Northern Utah. Convincing his employer, Thiokol Chemical Corporation, to go into this new education business was not an easy task, but given his dedication and excitement for the project, Thiokol agreed. Initial resistance from the local community nearly derailed the project, but Robert and his colleagues persisted. He himself coming from a family of educators, Robert understood the power a quality education can mean for a person’s future; not only for themselves, but for their family and their community. “If a person can work, all other things will follow!” was Robert’s mantra. Applying his management principles to the programming – strict accountability, outcome performance measurements, and allowing every student to proceed at their own rate – the Clearfield Job Corps Center became one of the most successful Job Corps Centers in the nation under Robert’s leadership.

In 1981, Robert Marquardt and his colleagues founded Management & Training Corp (MTC), and bought the rights to operate the four Job Corps Centers managed by Thiokol Chemical. Mortgaging everything, putting his livelihood on the line, Robert risked his and his family’s future because he believed so strongly in the mission of the Job Corps. One month after putting it all on the line, President Reagan announced his intention to terminate the Job Corps program. In shock and anger, knowing what was at stake for himself, his family, and for the people served by the Job Corps, he and his partners flew to Washington, D.C. to testify in front of Congress the benefits of the program and the impact it had on the lives of its participants. Through their efforts, Congress determined the Job Corps too valuable to terminate, defying the President and saving the program. 35 years later, 50 since its launch, Job Corps is continuing to make real impacts on people’s lives.

Robert Marquardt’s legacy lives on through Job Corps, as do some of his lessons:
• Believe in yourself; You are the one who has the most power to create your future. Most limits are established not by others, but by the limits you place on your own mind.
• Be alive in every moment.
• Dwell fully in your passion.
• Surround yourself with people you love and help you grow.

Today, there are over 100 Job Corps centers across the U.S. in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. MTC is the largest private operator of these centers, operating 17 and providing management services to four more. On any given day, more than 9,000 students are trained and educated at MTC managed or operated Job Corps centers.

Jane Marquardt Speaks at Job Corps Graduation

Job Corps is an education and training program, free of charge, offered to young people looking to earn their GED or high school diploma, or looking to learn skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Management & Training Corporation (MTC) has long had a partnership with Job Corps in helping these young people succeed in the program and in the years after they leave. For over 30 years, MTC has operated 18 Job Corps centers, and partnered to assist in operating others. In the last year, more than 4,000 students have earned their high school diploma, GED, or an equivalency; more than 7,600 students have been placed in quality jobs, gone on to higher education, or joined the military. Additionally, students and staff at Job Corps centers nation-wide contributed over 75,000 hours of community service and raised nearly $25,000 for local charities.

Recently, Jane Marquardt, Vice Chair at MTC, had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the graduating class at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a day filled with hope, a sense of accomplishment, and happy tears. Jane’s message focused on telling the students to be the best they can be and know that their struggles are the key to their future success. She went on to add each one of the graduates has a unique story with their own struggles, and that they all have gifts to offer the world. More can be found in the video below:

 

Economic & Social Development Division Officially Launches Egypt Project

Jane in Egypt

Last fall, MTC was awarded a $22 million contract to support the growth and development of the Egyptian workforce. Earlier this month, MTC was excited to launch the Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) program in Cairo Egypt.

By working directly with Egypt’s Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, MTC is implementing USAID’s WISE project to build a skilled workforce. The project seeks to upgrade Egypt’s technical and vocational education and training systems, further develop connections between employers and training centers, and create structures for economic development. The goal is by creating a more educated and skilled workforce, the nation will increase its productivity and reduce poverty.

The event was held in Cairo and involved more than 180 participants, including dignitaries from the Egyptian government, USAID, WISE project staff, and MTC. Several Egyptian leaders thanked the U.S. for its commitment to the strategic partnership and emphasized that improved education is an important element of national security.

Greg Niblett, MTC’s Vice President, Chief of Party Jeffrey Tines, and Deputy Chief of Party Mohamed Fawzy addressed the conference. They laid out the specific ways in which MTC will assist in upgrading technical education to a competency-based system to meet the needs of the job market, benefit the students, and support the private sector. Jane Marquardt, MTC’s Vice Chair, Diane Crosby and Jane Gindin also attended the event.

MTC Celebrates 35-Year Anniversary!

MTC Celebrates 35-Year Anniversary!Management & Training Corporation is celebrating an important milestone this year: it’s our 35th anniversary!

Founded in 1981, MTC set out on a mission to be a leader in social impact. They started with Job Corps, where they helped prepare America’s youth with the tools they need to thrive in today’s market. And from there they have expanded into 5 different divisions of social impact, each an equally important part of their commitment to improving society. The mission statement of the company today summarizes exactly what they have come to stand for:

MTC will be a leader in social impact by:

Preparing youth for employment and citizenship
Preparing offenders to successfully transition into communities
Providing quality health care and promoting healthy lifestyles
Providing greater opportunity for citizens globally through economic and social development
Investing in communities

 

MTC believes that by giving people the tools they need to improve their circumstances, they can acquire the potential to become valuable, contributing members of their communities.

Today, MTC employs nearly 9,000 people worldwide through four divisions: Education & Training, Corrections, MTC Medical, and Economic & Social Development. Each division helps make a social impact by improving the lives of those we serve and the communities in which they live.

Education & Training

MTC began as a contracted operator of Job Corps centers for the United States Department of Labor, and since 1981, they have helped hundreds of thousands of young people prepare for today’s job market by providing academic, technical, and social skills training to approximately 14,000 young adults annually at Job Corps centers.

In just the last year, MTC’s training programs resulted in:

  • More than 4,000 students earning their GED, high school diploma, or an equivalency
  • More than 8,400 career technical training programs completed
  • More than 8,200 students being placed in quality jobs, higher education, or the military

MTC’s 21 Job Corps centers average 97 percent of the U.S. Department of Labor annual performance goals.

Corrections

In 1987, MTC expanded their efforts to help American’s create a better life by dedicating resources to offenders. MTC’s philosophy towards Corrections is rehabilitation through education. They have spent nearly three decades providing offenders with numerous educational, vocational, substance abuse, faith based, and life-skills programs from GED and adult basic education, to anger management and moral reconation therapy. Offenders who participate in proven programming have been shown to be less likely to re-offend after they’re released, which benefits offenders, their families, and their communities alike.

Currently, MTC safely secures nearly 27,000 offenders in eight states at 26 facilities. To ensure the highest quality correctional facilities, MTC pursues nationally-recognized accreditations from the American Correctional Association, the Correctional Education Association, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Over their last year of work, MTC has been proud to award 28,806 certificates including:

  • 13,680 in academic/life skills courses
  • 6,459 in substance-abuse programs
  • 1,500 GEDs & INEAS (Mexican equivalent of GED)
  • 3,167 in vocational training programs

Economic & Social Development

In 2004, MTC wanted to expand their reach even further to help people worldwide. Globally, economic instability disproportionally impacts disadvantaged and vulnerable populations — particularly women, at-risk-youth, ethnic minorities, and the disabled. MTC has dedicated itself to providing career, technical, and social skills training to prepare these populations for full participation in today’s workforce.

MTC has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the United Nations, the regional development banks, and national governments in providing workforce training for people in:

  • Iraq
  • Egypt
  • South Sudan
  • Mongolia
  • West Bank
  • Jordan
  • China
  • Pakistan
  • Tunisia

MTC Medical

Their most recent division (being established in 2005), MTC Medical has made huge improvements to the healthcare offenders receive. MTC provides quality medical, dental, and mental healthcare to more than 14,000 offenders across 10 facilities. The services they provide are extended to offenders at all levels of supervision and management for clients including the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, and state departments of corrections.

Over the last year, MTC Medical was able to provide:

  • 132,891 medical and dental visits
  • 78,256 diagnostic exams

All facilities MTC works with are accredited by the American Correctional Association

In Review: MTC’s 35 Years of Helping People Build a Better Life

It’s been 35 great years for MTC, and the company has come a long way. As a final review, let’s look back at some fun stats about our growth and our progress through the years.

1980s

  • MTC started in 1981 with four centers: Clearfield, Atlanta, Turner, Charleston
  • 1,000 employees
  • 1987- Eagle Mountain Community Correctional Facility
  • 29 million in gross revenues
  • Ended 1980s with 15 Job Corps centers and one correctional facility

1990s

  • 1990- GE left Job Corps and MTC acquired four new centers
  • 1991- Scott Marquardt becomes president
  • 1994- Opened Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility
  • Opened Promontory Correctional Center (Utah)

2000s

  • Moved to Centerville
  • 2008- Jane Marquardt named vice chair of board of directors
  • Became largest operator of Job Corps
  • Launched Economic & Social Development division in 2004
  • Launched MTC Medical division in 2005
  • Built a house to celebrate company’s 25th anniversary

Today

  • Nearly 9,000 employees
  • Serving 10,000 Job Corps students every day in 22 centers
  • Serving 27,000 offenders every day in 26 facilities
  • MTC Medical serves 14,000 offenders every day at ten facilities
  • Economic & Social Development division has a three-year contract to help the government of Egypt to provide young people with job skills training that will prepare them for the workforce.

A big congratulations to everyone at Management & Training Corporation for making these 35 years (and counting!) a wonderful success.

MTC Wins $22 Million Contract To Support Egyptian Workforce

Jane MarqaurdtThis past fall, the United States Agency for International Development awarded Management & Training Corporation (MTC) with a contract to provide expertise in such spaces as technical training, capacity building, and education to the Egyptian workforce. The in-depth and involved procurement process spanned approximately eight months, beginning at the solicitation notice and coming to a close on October 26, once the contract award was announced. Officially dubbed “Workforce Improvement and Skill Enhancement,” or “WISE,” the project is geared towards empowering Egypt’s dedicated workers to achieving enhanced professional success.

WISE will be the first project in Egypt for Management & Training Corp. to oversee as the lead private firm. However, MTC’s presence in the country has included previous work with organizations like the International Business & Technical Consultants Inc.

Management & Training Corp., along with other bidders who competed for the contract, proposed a fixed fee that would cover the cost of delivering results while meeting all the program objectives. That fee might be subject to change once the work gets underway, but, as things stand, the contract is valued at around $22 million over a three-year stretch of time. Barring any unforeseen changes, that timeline is anticipated to stay in place. However, there are provisions for some flexibility in terms of funding and time expectations pending project performance and financial resource availability.

Key stakeholders in this partnership whose participation is absolutely critical to accomplishing the desired end goals include Egyptian staff, local Egyptian community members, the chief of party, technical leads, and expatriate advisers.

USAID has been active in Egypt of over four decades, providing resource and support to the nation as it works towards establishing itself as a market-oriented economy. This evolution has involved some thorough and arduous changes, including improving its tax system, revisiting Egypt’s trade practices, and strategizing the best ways to grow the country’s public revenue. A part of this push has therefore been to cultivate and encourage entrepreneurship, particularly via technical assistance. As a result, nearly 150 companies have blossomed in Egypt, expanding available job opportunities considerably in the process. Additionally, USAID has optimized and modernized 17 vocational training centers in a handful of governorates across the nation.  These facilities work to prepare Egyptian workers to more find and excel in the private sector.

The WISE project is part of a larger effort under an umbrella program dubbed the Trade and Investment Promotion in Egypt (also funded by USAID). Although it is presently in its pre-solicitation phase, the promotion will seek to further tackle workforce development challenges in Egypt’s manufacturing and services industries.

Learn more about MTC’s WISE project from Devex.

 

Jane Marquardt Featured in the Huffington Post

The last few decades have been nothing short of tumultuous for the LGBT community. Although public support for equal rights and full civil participation for all American citizens (regardless of sexual orientation or identity) has consistently swelled in recent years, legislation to reflect that reality was dramatically slow to arrive and, for a long time, seemed uncertain. The Supreme Court decision this year to confirm the Constitutional rights and legal legitimacy of same-sex unions was an enormous victory for justice that was centuries in the making. Jane Marquardt was recently featured in the Huffington Post where she was fortunate enough to speak on her experiences with marriage. Her story brings life to the ups and downs of the legal battles that raged throughout our nation over the last few decades and provides a personal context for how meaningful reaching this point of progress truly is. Read Jane’s full story, in her own words, on the Huffington Post.

Extraordinary Talent in Remarkable Circumstances

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Mathis Hearn, artist

The definition of extraordinary is extremely good or impressive, which is an appropriate description of the talent displayed by Mathis Hearns, an offender serving the last six months of his sentence at the Kyle Correctional Center.  The Kyle Correctional Center is located in Kyle Texas and is a drug treatment facility that houses offenders from all over the state.  The facility is operated by Management & Training Corp. (MTC) for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

Offender Hearns came to this facility and quickly stood out among his peers with his talent for art.  The portrait above was an assignment given to Hearns to accomplish, which he did in mere hours.  He was tasked with rendering a pencil drawing of the founder of MTC, Dr. Bob Marquardt, for display in the lobby area.

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Warden Deanna Branham with Jane Marquardt, the Vice Chair and daughter of the late Dr. Bob Marquardt.

When interviewed about his abilities and aspirations in life, Hearns admitted to having his talents realized at a young age.  When he was in junior high school, he won several art contests at local rodeos.  He was unable to fulfill his destiny though, when at the age of 16, his mother passed away.  Hearns dropped out of school in the 10th grade and quickly turned to a life of crime to help support his older and younger sisters.  Hearns tried to get his life back on track by entering an art institute for photography but was unsuccessful in removing himself from his former activities.  He was arrested and is now completing his sentence at the drug treatment program.

Mathis Hearns is now 21 years old and will be returning to society after his completion of this program.  When asked what inspiration or words of encouragement he could give to someone, he merely said “think before you act”.  Many can learn from these simple words to realize that every action creates a reaction and has lasting results.  Our only hope is that Mr. Hearns has learned from his mistakes and will go back into society and build upon his extraordinary talents.  He has been given a second chance by receiving the treatment he needs at the Kyle Correctional Center by dedicated staff members that work to improve offenders academic, technical and social skills to become more employable and productive citizens.

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years

jane-marquardt-job-corpsOn April 21, Job Corps celebrated 50 years of educating and training disadvantaged youth with a ceremonial dinner in Washington, D.C.

Job Corps facilitates collaboration between public offices and private-sector employers to create and cultivate opportunities for young people from underprivileged, underserved communities. Through an emphasis on building job skills and credentials, Job Corps has empowered and benefited over 3 million Americans. Its most effective tools over the last five decades include comprehensive residential, academic, and career preparation programs.

In recognition of Job Corps’ enduring success over the last half-century, students, staff, employers, community stakeholders, and supporters like U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez were in attendance for the evening at the Mellon Auditorium in the nation’s capital. The National Job Corps Association’s Foundation for Youth Opportunities hosted the event.

The celebration honored ten hand-picked Job Corps Graduate Heroes from all over the country, unique in their inspiring tales of courage and determination. Local Job Corps students displayed to the attendees especially crafted building blocks which creatively illustrate how participation in the program is building a brighter future for the United States and supporting so many people in realizing their potential. The night even showcased a 1965 Mustang that had been refurbished by Job Corps students, symbolic of the program’s timelessness as a classic and irreplaceable policy.

Established in 1964 as a facet of the Economic Opportunity Act, Job Corps was a critical apparatus in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s suite of “Great Society” programs. He designed this legislation to battle the pervasiveness of poverty and inequality in the United States. It is rooted in the belief that regardless of the conditions into which a citizen is born, whether they be geographic, economic, or racial, everyone deserves a fair opportunity to work hard and prosper.

The celebration underscored the remarkable history of Job Corps and its role in transforming the social and economic landscape of the impoverished communities, as well as the lives of the young people therein. A number of corporate partners contributed to make the night possible. These included MTC (Management & Training Corporation), Fluor, Dynamic Educational Systems Inc., Education & Training Resources, MINACT Incorporated, Odle Management Group, Horizons Youth Services, Penn Foster, Exceed Corporation, American Business Corporation, Chugach, Texas Educational Foundation Inc., and  Education Management Corporation.