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New Center Opening in Erie, PA

Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) will become the 13th replication of the Manchester Bidwell educational model when it opens its doors in 2019.

In September ECAT announced its inception, introduced their board of directors, and announced that it’s commencing an immediate search for a full time executive director.

ECAT is a community based educational arts and career training organization that inspires, educates, and empowers people of all ages with jobs training and creative youth programs.

ECAT will operate a digital arts program for high school students and a medical assistant training program for adults. The executive director will help ECAT secure a final location, develop programs, hire a qualified staff, and ultimately create an unparalleled environment for inspiration, education, and empowerment. The hope is to introduce several new programs for students and adults in the coming years.

In 2015, Erie Regional Chamber’s Growth Partnership Committee raised the funds to do an initial feasibility study for a better trained work force.
ECAT’s Board of Directors has been meeting regularly, and they are excited to be so close to establishing this new community asset which they believe is a perfect fit for Erie. They are actively looking to partner with other like-minded community organizations and play their part in making Erie a stronger city for everyone who lives in it.