Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is based on Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a nationally recognized arts and training center founded in 1969 by Bill Strickland. BCAT provides resilient learners needing targeted supports with educational and career-centered opportunities in an environment of hope and discovery. We mentor and prepare adults to secure new career pathways in the healthcare fields. We motivate high school youth to stay in school, explore their creativity and identity, and plan for their future through inquiry-based learning in an afterschool arts program.

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Job placement rate for BCAT’s workforce development students
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Senior graduation rate for BCAT youth

Our Mission

To provide opportunities for careers through the arts and workforce development

Our Vision

  • Improve high school graduation rates
  • Ensure access to safe environments to learn and prosper
  • Develop family-sustainable wage earners
  • Contribute to economic and social growth