MacDonald Training Center
Operational Updates During COVID-19
Adult Day Training
On August 31st, we welcomed back clients to Adult Day Training programs at both our Cypress Street location in Tampa and new location in Sabal Park, Brandon. Both in-person programs have specific and robust COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. To maintain a safe environment and reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, all clients, employees and visitors are required to wear a mask and have temperature checks. We’ve implemented additional precautions including increased cleanings, employee training, and reconfigured learning areas. We appreciate your understanding and support during this time.
We continue to offer virtual instruction via Zoom, Google Classrooms and You Tube!
eMerge Career Collaborative Certificate Based Training continues virtually!
Teacher led, interactive classes are ongoing as part of MTC’s innovative eMerge Career Collaborative (formerly Career SUCCESS) certificate based training in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality.
Short Term Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) Instructor led, online classes started August 3rd. Classes are now primarily virtual, but some in person instruction and hands on training will be included. With exponentially increased online shopping and shipping as the nation continues to practice social distancing for the near future, employers will need workers with logistics training and certification to meet demand in the post-COVID-19 economy. MTC is one of only two testing sites in this area.
Preparing for the post COVID workplace, and meeting the skyrocketing demand for higher levels of sanitizing/disinfecting required for office, retail, restaurant, hotel and healthcare settings, MTC is expanding our Environmental Services (ES)program, adding two new ISSA/Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Certified Custodial Technician (CCT) and CCT Advanced courses.
For information on eligibility, fees, and class schedules for the training courses offered in the eMerge Career Collaborative program contact Krista Wright, Project Manager, (813) 870-1300 ext. 250
EXCEL, MTC’s Excellence in Computer Education and Learning program which offers opportunities to earn certifications in Microsoft programs and specialized IC 3 credentialing, is an approved training program through Vocational Rehabilitation. Individuals working with a VR counselor can request the EXCEL program be included in their Individualized Plan for Employment. For more information on current Distance Learning opportunities contact Christy Nammour, Clinical Director of Education and Behavioral Services, (813) 870-1300 ext 225.
Employment Specialists are continuing to provide job placement and support services to individuals wherever possible, and have put extra precautions in place to avoid the spread of the disease. Employment Specialists and support staff are assisting many newly unemployed or furloughed to see how they may obtain successful re-employment. Individuals who need additional assistance are being connected to community based supports as needed. For more information about our Employment Services Contact Colin DiResta,Employment Services Administrator [email protected] (813) 870-1300 extension 287
Living in the Community
MTC’s Supported Living residential program remains fully operational, assisting our clients during this unprecedented crisis.
We are carefully following mandates from AHCA and APD, and have put extra precautions in place to avoid the spread of the disease. We are sensitive to new needs, expanding in-home learning and recreational activities, ensuring access to community programs available online and helping individuals deal with challenges experienced during social isolation.
Family members who would like to arrange a Virtual Visit with their loved ones should contact: Elanda Cobarris, Activity Instructor (813) 870-1300 Ext. 268. To learn more about our variety of residential options, contact Richanne Tuccolo, Director of Facilities and other Support Services.
Business Services remain fully operational and a critically needed operational support of our mission.
If you have a business problem, from fulfillment to packaging and light manufacturing, MTC is ready to be your solution. If we can help you during this critical time, please contact Brittany Armstrong, Project Manager (813) 870-1300 Ext. 481.