Management and Training Corporation has a long standing history in East Texas and bringing its employees to Henderson has become a consistent part of its operations.
With the final construction of the East Texas Treatment Facility in fall 2009, MTC included an 8,450 square foot training facility that sits outside of the secure compound.
“The facility was built to enhance the quality of training for our staff and serve as a facility that could be used between the East Texas Treatment Facility and the Billy Moore Correctional Facility,” said Kerry Dixon, Regional Warden for MTC’s Texas Region. “It was definitely needed because the East Texas Treatment Facility is the largest treatment facility in the state and possibly the nation.”
Now, nine years later, MTC operates 10 of the 11 privately operated secure facilities and all 19 privately operated treatment programs in the state. Almost a year ago, MTC moved its regional office to Henderson.
“There has been a lot of growth in the last year and a half and fortunately Mr. (Michael) Bell had the foresight to build this training facility so now we are able to bring a lot of our staff across the state to Henderson,” Dixon said. “We utilize the treatment facility every month.”
MTC Region III employs more than 2,000 people and covers the entire state.
“We have four regions in our company and we’re by far the largest,” Dixon said.
Henderson has now become the training hub for all of MTC’s operations in Texas. As a hub for training, Dixon said it also brings a positive economic impact to the city of Henderson.
“Every year all of our staff has to go through an in-service training to stay current on policies, procedures that may have changed and provide a refresher on things that didn’t change,” Dixon said.
In-service training for MTC employees is a state and contract requirement of 40 hours per year.
“While the sites do most of their training, we really wanted to enhance our supervisory training,” Dixon said. “Every month we pull a few supervisors from every site and they have a big 20-person class here in Henderson.”
This is the second year MTC has hosted the supervisory training in Henderson. Staff from across the state and sometimes out of state travel to Henderson to participate in various trainings and certification courses.
“These courses are typically one week in duration, which requires our staff to stay in our hotels, eat at local restaurants and even visit our other stores,” Dixon said. “The economic impact we are having on Henderson is something we really never paid attention to, but just last week we had 20 plus in supervisory in-service and another 30 at the Baymont for another type of training.”
MTC’s training department administrators reserve rooms at local hotels to ensure staff has a place to stay and are convenient to the training facility. The commonly used hotels by MTC are Baymont Inn, Motel 6 and Holiday Inn Express.
On any given month, MTC utilizes a minimum of 20 hotel rooms for a period of three days or more. Just last week, Dixon said MTC utilized 34 hotel rooms for three or more days, as well as utilizing the Baymont’s conference room for a week-long training.
“If we bring a group of people here we put them in those hotels,” Dixon said. “Our in-serve supervisory training begins at 7 a.m. during those weeks so we provide breakfast from The Fillin’ Station and then they are kind of on their own for lunch and dinner so we affect a lot of the restaurants around here.”
While food and lodging are two of the prevalent necessities of any trip to Henderson, Dixon added that there are also businesses such as convenience stores, theaters and local shops that MTC’s staff will frequent during their personal time after training.
Dixon said he and MTC Vice President Michael Bell will also take employees out to dinner once a month.
“We’re glad to support local businesses and we’ve built some great partnerships,” Dixon said.
MTC Region III shares the Believe It or Not I Care (BIONIC) philosophy through all of its operations. From correctional officers to counselors, a priority is placed on showing offenders, employees and the community how much MTC values them.
Whether its correctional staff, counseling staff, education staff or administrative staff, Dixon said MTC’s goal is to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“We have always tried to serve as a good neighbor to the cities we have facilities located in and we pride ourselves in doing as much locally as we can,” Dixon said. “It appears the growth of MTC and its training department has been an added benefit to the community as well.”
Written By Ashton Griffin, The Henderson News