- Industry standard resources
- Low student-to-teacher ratio
- Professional teaching artists
- No cost to the student
- Not on school property
- Student-centered learning
- Competitive disciplines
- Open each weekday (MTWRF)
- Consistent, ongoing program calendar
- Transportation provided
• Training is completed in 1 year or less
• Demand-driven training
• Career specific skill development
• Job placement assistance
• Low student-to-teacher ratio
• Small campus
• No cost to the student
• Simulated work environment
• Hands-on lab experience
• Field knowledge
• Soft skill development
- Career training for demand-driven jobs for adults
- High-quality visual arts programming for youth
- A Center for Art & Technology (CAT): that is, a world-class facility filled with light, art, and flowers, designed to elevate the human spirit
- MBC Culture: a warm and embracing environment of dignity and respect that underscores and elevates our fundamental philosophy that “all human lives are valuable”
When successfully implemented, a CAT provides a two-part strategy to address the real challenges of poverty:
- By providing an avenue to training-related employment to adults who are unemployed, underemployed or who have been dislocated from work
- By using the visual arts as a tool of engagement to promote academic achievement among youth
By definition, the Manchester Bidwell Education Model is designed to serve both youth and adults in a community.
Feasibility requires the NCAT team to:
- Assess a community’s organizational landscape
- Make recommendations for youth and adult programming
- Identify and cultivate leadership
- Identify and evaluate potential locations for the center
- Identify potential funders and introduce them to the model
During the feasibility phase two reports are provided, an interim and final report. These reports detail the work performed and they are provided to the party with whom NCAT has contracted. The contract for feasibility is $150,000.
During this phase the NCAT team will work collaboratively with the city to perform tasks including but not limited to:
- Create a legal non-profit entity
- Develop board and executive leadership
- Assist in hiring adult and youth staff
- Assist site location and internal building design
- Implement CAT branding requirements
- Provide program development for adults and youth
- Assist with marketing and fundraising
During Planning, a city’s leadership and/or funding source(s) will continue to receive periodic progress reports from the NCAT team. The total cost for planning is $300,000. NCAT’s fee is $150,000. The remaining $150,000 is used by the Center to hire an executive director, secure architectural renderings and establish the Center’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
NCAT’s fee for Implementation is $150,000 each year for two years and is incorporated into the capital campaign budget.
Once the Center is open for classes, it is considered operational. During this phase the NCAT team will work collaboratively with the city to:
- Utilize feedback from external sources, such as externship sites and advisory committees to modify curriculum to align with market demand and meet local employment needs.
- Incorporate necessary curricular changes as advised by externship sites, employers and advisory committees.
- Implement the Manchester Bidwell Education Model, taking advantage of 45 years of intellectual property that has been tested and refined at MBC.
- Leverage Bill Strickland’s reputation and credibility as a social innovator and education thought leader to attract financial support for the Center.
- Provide continued professional development and training for new and existing staff at Centers for Arts & Technology.
- Provide strategic guidance to conform the initial Youth Arts programming to the Manchester Bidwell Education Model.
- Provide strategic guidance to obtain national accreditation for the state-licensed career training programs.
- Provide access to the Temoku Youth Arts software.
- Provide access to the STARS software to manage the career-training program for adults.
- Provide support for the Center’s staff to attend NCAT’s annual conference.
- Provide monitoring and quality assurance for the Center.
The youth arts program connects with the community through program advisory committees and by forming partnership with local schools. Connections may also be made with local artists and entities that align with the industry-grade processes reflected in the curriculum.
- Cost (there is no cost to the student)
- Class sizes are smaller
- The model focuses on job placement
- Soft skills training is embedded in the model’s curriculum
- The model offers academic remediation
- The model has a staged admissions process
- Career training within a year or less
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- Experience on-time grade-to-grade transition
- Graduate from high school in four years
- Enroll in higher education
By offering state-of-the-art career training that is driven by local industry demand and in partnership with regional employers, more adults will:
- Secure training-related employment
- Earn a living wage
- Experience opportunities for professional advancement
- The safety of this age group is of primary concern given the transportation of middle school-aged youth in fall and winter months where daylight is limited.
- Serving middle school students imposes additional program costs because the Center is obligated to feed students daily.
- The Center must assume responsibility to provide homework help, which will require additional staff to be hired to compliment teaching artists.
- Research has shown that student dropout rates increase significantly during high school years, with the greatest intervention needed as students transition from 8th to 9th grade. Engaging middle school students through afterschool arts education is not a proven prevention strategy for individuals who are at-risk of dropping out.
With these known facts in mind, the Manchester Bidwell Education Model engages middle school students during its summer program and offers six weeks of daylong programming. Not only does it support the community’s needs of summer enrichment opportunities, but is addresses the need to engage 8th grade students during their transition year to high school.
- Occupational Associate’s Degree in Specialized Technology
o Chemical Laboratory Technician
- Diploma Majors
o Culinary Arts
o Horticulture Technology
o Electronic Record Medical Assistant
o Medical Claims Processor
o Medical Coder
o Pharmacy Technician
Typically the CATs open with one to two diploma majors that align to mid-skills job positions within the industries identified during the feasibility phase of the replication process. Once a CAT has successfully established its initial cohort of courses and achieved the desired metrics, the CAT may explore other industry need-based career training opportunities with the assistance of NCAT.
- Each CAT must be licensed by the state as a private school.
- An advisory committee continuously evaluates each training program. These advisory committees provide feedback on curriculum development, industry trends, externship opportunities, and the performance of graduates.
- It is NCATs goal that each Center also acquires national accreditation, which provides third-party oversight of the entire adult career-training program.
While on externship, the student services representative accompanies the program faculty on visits to externship sites to monitor the progress of the student’s job search, learn of new skills the student has gained experience, and discuss available job opportunities and those the student is pursuing.
When a student obtains initial employment the student services representative collects required data for reporting to the State Department of Education and the Accredited Commission once the program is accredited.
Teachers maintain a relationship with graduates and gain knowledge of their career progress. Each program is supported by an advisory committee, comprised of employers, who report on student progress and success in the workplace. One major employer tracks hires from the Center and provides reports on the status of graduates’ hired.
The Center offers lifetime placement assistance. Students wishing to find another position report back to the Center to update their resumes and learn of positions they are qualified to apply for. These students are followed by the placement staff who collect data as the students transition into new career positions.