What is BCAT?
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.
The mission of the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT), as part of Buffalo’s economic revitalization, is twofold:
- To keep youth in school through high school completion so they are able to take advantage of the post-secondary opportunities the “Say Yes” scholarship program makes available to them. We do this by offering high-quality and high-tech arts instruction and studio space.
- To assist unemployed or underemployed adults in securing jobs with wages sufficient to support a family. We accomplish this through NYS Education Department-approved training programs that will lead to jobs in the healthcare industry.