BROCKWAY Center for Arts & Technology




Adult Program

Adult training programs will provide market driven training that prepare adults for employment. BrockwayCAT will work to impart discipline, focus, and personal responsibility for adults who seek to improve their lives and to help to build a stronger community. Programs will be offered to adults at no cost, but they must demonstrate a personal commitment to make a change in their lives by completing the center's multiple- step registration process and adhering to program rules of attendance, behavior, and course completion. BrockwayCAT will continue to work with local organizations and employers to design and implement relatively short and efficient training programs that can quickly move adults into meaningful employment with the skills necessary to be successful.

BCAT Courses

    Medical Assistant


    Pharmacy Tech


    Youth & Arts


    Resident Artist



  • Deborah R. Heigel
    Executive Director
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    Deborah Grunthaner
    Director Medical Assistant
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  • Peter Varischetti
    Board of Directors
    Daniel Hawkins
    Board of Directors
    Vice President
    Susie Snelick
    Board of Directors
    John Sutika
    Board of Directors
  • John Blasdell
    Board of Directors
    Ray Calhoun
    Board of Directors
    Duane Vicini
    Board of Directors
    Bill Strickland
    Board of Directors


BrockwayCAT is the first replication of the highly successful Manchester Bidwell Corporation in a rural setting. The primary focus is to provide people an opportunity for success.

Who is the program for?

  • Unemployed, dislocated workers
  • Underemployed workers
  • High School students wanting to explore the arts
  • What does the program offer?

  • Employment training for real jobs in the area
  • After school Youth & Arts program
  • Resident Artist program and art gallery
  • How much does this program cost?

    Contrary to what you may think, there is no cost to the student.

    Apply and see if you qualify.

    Discover, Transform, Explore...

    It is never too late to be who you might have been. Get started on a path to a better future.


    Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, BrockwayCAT, is a 501(c) 3 organization established to provide job training to unemployed and underemployed adults. BrockwayCAT is an affiliate of National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT). This is the first rural initiative by Manchester Bidwell. An extensive Youth & Arts program.


    • BrockwayCAT's mission is to provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore, discover and transform by providing educational and career advancement programs, after-school arts programs, and a beautiful, welcoming environment.

      Mission Statement

    • BrockwayCAT will create a respectful, enriched learning environment to inspire hope, productivity, creativity and excellence. BCAT will provide a path for individuals to strengthen their communities by becoming concerned, contributing, productive members of society.

      Our Vision

    • Respect one another | Embrace learning opportunities | Listen with the intent to understand and respond
      Influence others in positive ways | Shape solutions to problems

      Core Values

    Youth & Arts

    Brockway Center for Arts and Technology(BCAT) opened in May 2013. An affiliate of the National Center for Arts and Technology and the Manchester-Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, BCAT is the first center to serve a rural community in the nation. The center serves Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, Cameron, McKean, Clarion, and Forest counties. BCAT was established to expose high school students to the arts and to provide job training to unemployed and underemployed adults for no cost to the students.


    "A successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment."
    "Create a world class center and you will produce world class citizens" -Bill Strickland, inspiration for BCAT and founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

    Ceramic Arts

    BCAT's state-of-the-art ceramics studio is equipped with a slab roller, 14 Brent CXC potter's wheels, a myriad of hand-building tools, 2 electric kilns and a gas kiln. Our well-equipped raw materials lab allows our students to create an endless variety of clay and glazes in pursuit of their creative vision.

    Metal Arts

    Coming Soon!

    Apprenticeship Training Program

    Our Apprenticeship Training Program (ATP) is a FREE after-school fine arts program for high school students designed to educate and inspire any young person who has an interest in the arts and creative self-expression. Learning through the arts at BCAT connects students with a world of ideas and aspirations for life, higher education and careers. BCAT artists help students get a better understanding of the creative problem solving process. The staff mentor students to set individual artistic goals, and then guides each student through the making process.
    At this time the Apprenticeship Training Program includes courses in our state-of-the-art Ceramic Arts studio. The Metal Arts studio will be added very soon. BCAT's after-school program is offered at no cost to students.

    Who can participate?

    Students in grades 9-12 from throughout the region are welcome to come create alongside professional artists.

    When is ATP?

    ATP is scheduled to run Monday-Thursday from 2:30–5:30 p.m. throughout the school year, with a few special events on weekends. Special events include college visits, visiting artist workshops, and exhibition receptions.

    How can you get involved in ATP?

    ATP has an open enrollment. Students may sign up for the program at any point in the school year. The after-school program is designed to be flexible and open for busy high school students. ATP does not have a maximum or minimum requirement of work hours for participation.


    2014-2015 Apprenticeship Training Program
    9/22/14- 5/14/15
    Monday- Thursday 2:30-5:30
    BCAT's ATP program follows the local school district's holiday schedule. Please check our Facebook page during inclement weather.
    No ATP March 25-28, 2015- NCECA trip


    It is BCAT's goal to bring 6-10 artists from around the world into the region each academic year. The artists will come to the region to work with BCAT students, the surrounding school districts, and members of the community. Each artist will have a 5-week exhibition in our gallery. Some artists will also conduct workshops that are FREE and open to the public

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    Resident Artist Program

    Resident Artist Program is for developing professional artists. Residencies last a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. BCAT provides housing and studio access to artists in exchange for 25 hours of work each week assisting the Youth and Arts programs. Artists are also given a solo exhibition in BCAT's gallery. Artist must have completed their MFA or equivalent experience to apply

    Current Artists...

    Previous Artisits...

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    Newspaper Article

    BCAT to Benefit Region - Older article from The Ridgway Record talking about the final stages of development and the impact on the area.

    BCAT Youth & Arts Commercial

    Commercial highlighting the Youth & Arts program at Brockway Center for Arts & Technology. Being aired thoughout region.

    BCAT Commercial

    Commercial highlighting the adult programs offered at Brockway Center for Arts & Technology. Being aired throughout region.