ECAT is proud to have purchased the former Wayne School (650 East Avenue) from the Erie School District in 2019 and to have launched a $10M renovation of this historic building! We can't wait to open our permanent classrooms, offices and community meeting spaces in this fully renovated building in 2021. Follow our progress on Instagram @erie.cat!
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.