The National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) was established in 2005 as a division of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). It assists interested communities in opening and sustaining local educational nonprofits that apply the Manchester Bidwell Education Model. A set of basic philosophies and guiding principles drive this model. Currently, 11 eleven locations nationally and internationally actively utilize this model.
Multiple cities are currently in the process of establishing affiliate sites. The network of Centers for Arts & Technology (CAT) is well positioned to grow with interest coming from community leaders globally.
Since 1968, MBC has developed successful strategies to address low educational achievement among youth and high unemployment rates among adults. MBC’s fusion of mentorship, education, beauty, and hope creates a safe space in which students—young and old—feel comfortable learning. This empowering educational model promotes on-time high school graduation among youth, the pursuit of higher education, and effectively transitions individuals from unemployment and underemployment into entry-level career opportunities that pay a living wage and provide opportunities for advancement.