MacDonald Training Center
Operational Updates During COVID-19

MTC remains committed to providing services to the people we serve and the community. You may reach team members either by phone, online or via other forms of technology.

 Listed below is a summary of ongoing services   

Please call MacDonald Training Center, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
   813  870-1300

Many team members are working remotely. Please listen carefully to the voice mail message in order to reach the team member by cell phone.

Phased Re-Opening of Adult Day Training

On August 31st, we welcomed back a reduced number of participants for Phase One of our Adult Day Training program re-opening 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.

Future re-open phases are planned, as we closely follow requirements that the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the CDC and OSHA have indicated are in the best interest of our participants and team members.

Virtual Learning

We continue to offer virtual instruction via Zoom, Google Classrooms and You Tube!

eMpowered Training instructor- led classes available online for all ADT clients.  Contact Samantha Gwaltney to enroll.

Career SUCCESS Certificate Based Training continues virtually!

Teacher led, interactive classes are ongoing as part of MTC’s innovative 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.  In response to the impact of the pandemic,  MTC is offering this needed training to unemployed residents in Hillsborough County with and without disabilities. There will be ongoing enrollment open to the public with a variety of day, evening, and Saturday class times. Classes are now virtual, but in person instruction and hands on training will be scheduled. 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 Career SUCCESS program contact Krista Wright, Project Manager, [email protected] (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, [email protected] (813 870-1300 ext 225

 

Employment Services

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 making phone calls to our clients, many newly unemployed or furloughed to see how they are coping with the current COVID-19 crisis. Those 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

 

Community Living

MTC’s Supported Living residential program remains fully operational, assisting our clients to remain safer at home 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 required by the “safer-at-home” orders.

Family members who would like to arrange a Virtual Visit with their loved ones should contact: Elanda Cobarris, Activity Instructor [email protected]  (813) 870-1300 Ext. 268

Business 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 [email protected] or (813) 870-1300 Ext. 481