Erie Center for Arts & 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.
Programs and Services
ECAT presents two platforms for engagement with Erie’s at-risk youth and adults:
1. Visual arts-based education, offered during out-of-school time, for high school students who are most at risk of dropping out. Programs, which (delete "will") include photography, (delete "ceramics") digital and design arts, are designed to grow 21st century skills and foster a connection to success in high school and beyond; and
2. Industry-driven workforce training in middle skills, middle wage jobs for unemployed and underemployed adults in Erie County. Importantly, this training, (add this sentence) beginning with a Medical Assistant program, is based on a unique combination of full-time coursework, technical skill-building, personal growth development, externship and career placement to create a pathway to job retention and success.