Our Mission/Vision

Our mission 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 providing a path for individuals to revitalize the landscape of the urban community.

Our History

ConnCAT provides job-training programs intended to give unemployed and under-employed adults the skills needed to secure meaningful, well-paying jobs in the health sciences and culinary professions. ConnCAT provides adults with the academic support needed to succeed in the programs. Career preparation is linked with the hospitality industry and corporate partners who assist in the design of the training.

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).

Our Core Values

Mutual Respect
I will treat others with respect and conduct myself with reason, focus, and belief.

Compassion
I will be compassionate toward others, no matter their circumstances.

Integrity
I will do the “right thing” even when there is no one looking, and no praise to be given

Innovative
I will be visionary, creative, and think “out of the box,” neglecting methods of thought and practice that are not effective or impactful.

Commitment
I will be fully committed to the transformative process of myself, through the efforts of this organization.

Excellence
I will achieve, approach, and perform at the highest level, according to my talents, gifts, and knowledge.

Self-Accountability
I will be accountable for my own actions, mistakes, and missteps; “actions without blame.”