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) (www.mtctrains.com) 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!

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.

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.

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.