Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Recently I traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland to participate in the “Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit”. Organized by Making Cents International, 500 attendees from 16 countries attended the event. I was happy to help Management & Training Corporation (MTC) ( play a role in the conference, both though participation on panels and through sponsoring the event.

Several MTC team members spoke about what kind of challenges and opportunities entering the workforce presents for young people at this time.  Speakers included Greg Niblett, the Vice President of MTC’s Economic & Social Development division, Bonnie Barhyte, Director of Programs, Diane Crosby, Director of Program Development, Mina Kamal, Career Guidance Advisor, Egypt Workforce Improvement & Skills Enhancement (WISE) project, Cairo, and Kamira Noreldin, National Project Officer with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Egypt and also formerly with MTC’s Egypt WISE project.

Read more about the event here!

MTC’s Taft Facility Brings Opportunity Through Education

Maria Fernanda Camara from the Mexican Consulate recently presented the names of graduates at MTC’s Taft Facility.

“It’s giving our fellow citizens other opportunities. It’s to help them understand the benefits of obtaining their primary or secondary education.” – Maria Fernanda Camara

 The INEA program (the equivalent of the American GED) has come about thanks to the cooperation of the Mexican Consulate and the Taft Facility.

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Washington Examiner Op-Ed Praises MTC’s Commitment to Rehabilitation

An Op-Ed by Michael Santos ran in the Washington Examiner yesterday.  In the Op-Ed, Michael describes how many correctional facilities do not give the incarcerated a path to improve themselves and to be successful after release. However, MTC was a contrast:

For instance, earlier this year, I toured correctional facilities in Texas run by a company called Management & Training Corporation. The opportunities and programming afforded to people incarcerated there were highly impressive. It gave me hope that other facilities, privately and publicly run, might follow their lead. The re-entry program there teaches personal development and business principles and links local business leaders to inmates as mentors and advisers. These are exactly the kinds of programs that can help empower inmates to change their own lives and prevent recidivism.

Read the full article here.

Update on MTC’s Work in Egypt

MTC Vice Chair Jane Marquardt provided an update on MTC’s successful USAID project in Egypt:

MTC is excited to announce that our Economic & Social Development division’s project in Egypt has been extended for another year. We’ve been working in Egypt under a [United States Agency for International Development] USAID project since the fall of 2015. It’s called WISE, or Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement. So, we currently have about 70 employees located in Egypt, our main office is in Cairo, and we are working in 11 different places throughout the country.

Read the full story here.

MTC’s Egypt Project Extended until October 2019

MTC’s workforce improvement project in Egypt has been extended until October 2019.

It’s been a highly successful project,” adds MTC Vice Chair Jane Marquardt. “In fact, earlier this year, a third party evaluated the WISE project and MTC’s efforts to enhance workforce programs within Egypt, and the evaluation results were outstanding. We have very talented and capable staff who are making a real difference in the lives of so many people.”

The Workforce Improvement and Skill Enhancement (WISE) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), began in 2015 and due to strong performance has been extended through October 2019.

Read more about MTC’s WISE Egypt project here.

The Inspiring Treatment of Women at Lockhart Facility

MTC has operated the Lockhart Correctional Facility since 2015. Since then, MTC has worked to add, enhance, and enlarge many programs at Lockhart.

Recently, two visitors to the facility were impressed by what they saw during their tours:

It was such a great pleasure to tour your facility in November…I continue to be amazed at the positive atmosphere at the Lockhart Unit. Amazed really doesn’t say it all!  Rosie the Riveter and the “We can do It!” motto is the perfect symbol for your unit…

Read the full article here.

“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.