About ConnCAT

Our Mission


To inspire, motivate, and prepare youth and adults for educational and career advancement, through after-school arts, and job training programming.

Our Vision


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.

How It All Started


The Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit post-secondary career training institution. The school was established in 2011 as a means to make training opportunities available to all people regardless of race, religion, ancestry or national origin.

The 23,046-sq. ft. state-of-the-art center, located at 4 Science Park, opened in spring of 2012.  The center 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 professions and culinary to provide adults with the academic support needed to succeed in the programs. Career preparation is linked with the hospitability industry and corporate partners who assist in the design of the training and aid in the successful entry level employment of 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), benefiting from Manchester Bidwell’s experience, expertise, and resources.