Adult Workforce Development Overview
Throughout the United States, urban communities struggle with high unemployment rates. Here in Buffalo – a city in the midst of an economic revival – far too many of our working adults are unemployed or under employed. The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) was created, in part, to prepare adults for high-demand jobs in the growing medical corridor. BCAT is based on Pittsburgh’s Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a nationally recognized arts and training center founded by Bill Strickland. Buffalo is the eighth U.S. city to replicate the Manchester Bidwell model.
More than 74,000 Western New Yorkers work in healthcare related jobs – a staggering 20 percent of our region’s workforce. Rapid growth has created an imbalance, as many employers struggle to fill critical open positions, despite the large number of unemployed adults in our city. BCAT’s response is to directly align our workforce development training with industry needs.
We have partnered with top medical leaders to develop a NO COST training curriculum with internship opportunities targeted toward two increasingly in-demand fields, medical coding and pharmacy technician. A foundation class for literacy training helps students who want to build reading skills necessary for these skilled jobs.
- Pre-Training Literacy
- Medical Coder
- Pharmacy Technician
Annually, BCAT accepts a limited number of adult students into the program; each student receives a full scholarship to cover the cost for tuition and books. Adults must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or HSE/GED® to register for the program.
Upon completion of the Adult Workforce Development program, students are expected to obtain a family-sustaining wage with tremendous opportunities to increase their income and expand their education through acquiring national certification.
BCAT Creates Careers
BCAT students learn the skills needed for job readiness; writing an effective resume, creating a cover letter and interviewing skills. Jobscan’s “Resume Writing Guide” is a tool that will help adults learn key points about preparing their resume, and how to create a resume that is effective for Application Tracking Systems (ATS).