The Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.
Transforming minds and launching careers, ECAT strives to realize the genius in everyone and enables youth and adults alike to become productive and successful members of society.
ECAT is a locally governed nonprofit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of PA. ECAT is a member of the National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) network, which supports local efforts to replicate the Manchester Bidwell model of empowering educational environments.
The Manchester Bidwell model allows communities to meet local hiring and training needs by providing participants with tools for success in work and in life. Local and national data indicates that nearly 100% of youth participants graduate from high school and that 80% of adult participants secure and retain middle wage jobs. By replicating this success, ECAT provides a two-generational approach to help Erie families break the cycle of poverty.
Environment shapes behavior
All people are assets
Creativity fuels enterprise