ConnCAT History

Institutional Philosophy

The Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a 501©3 non-profit post-secondary career training institution, was established in 2011 to offer training opportunities to all people, without regard for race, religion, ancestry or national origin.

Located at 4 Science Park, the state-of-the-art center opened in spring 2012. ConnCAT provides job training programs designed to give unemployed and under-employed adults the skills needed to secure meaningful, well-paying jobs in health sciences and culinary professions, and the academic support required for success in those programs. ConnCAT career preparation links adult learners with local corporate partners in healthcare and hospitality services who assist in curriculum design and encourage entry level employment for adult learners upon program completion.

ConnCAT is modeled after Pittsburgh’s highly successful Manchester Bidwell Corporation – an internationally recognized arts and education center founded by the renowned innovator and MacArthur Fellow, Bill Strickland. ConnCAT is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation and is an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell’s National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT), and benefits from Manchester Bidwell’s experience, expertise, and resources.

ConnCAT Mission and Purpose

The mission of ConnCAT is to inspire, motivate, and prepare youth and adults for educational and career advancement, through after-school arts, and job training programming.

Our vision is to create a learning environment that inspires hope, innovation, creativity and excellence while we provide a path for individuals to revitalize the urban community landscape.