NECAT, in association with Boston Public Schools (BPS) is working to establish a Youth Development Program that will offer extended day, year-round, arts-integrated programming for at-risk students in grades 7-12. Key elements of the program include:
Initial enrollment of approximately 100 students, expanding to 300 students during the first three years of operations.
Utilizing four professional studios that will be located in the NECAT Center; participants will receive free training in pottery, ceramics & sculpture; digital media & graphic design; and photography. Programs will be aligned with BPS "multiple pathway" goals. The program will be designed to improve school attendance and behavior, leading to reduced drop-out rates, higher on-time graduation, and college enrollment.
NECAT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Steelcase, Inc. to ensure that the Bradston Street Center fully reflects Bill Strickland's emphasis on world-class learning environments. The Center will incorporate the latest ideas in classroom design and teaching methods.
Few American companies reflect Bill Strickland's philosophy better than Steelcase. Based in Grand Rapids MI, Steelcase is a leading global business dedicated to transforming academic and corporate environments, through leading-edge research into teaching methods, learning and collaboration. Steelcase works from the inside out to develop a thorough understanding of how learning best takes place, and how smarter spaces can help the student-to-student and student-to-teacher relationships. The environments that result have been proven to help students connect, be better inspired and achieve deeper learning.
Steelcase believes in a balanced approach to profit, people and the planet. Since its founding almost 100 years ago, Steelcase has been committed to a social contract with the communities in which it operates. While producing great furniture, the company has sought to be a great place to work, to share profits with its shareholders and the community, and leave the world a better place.
Since 2000, Steelcase and Manchester Bidwell have partnered in developing Affiliate Centers that seamlessly exploit their shared vision of creating world-class learning environments for disadvantaged youth and adults. Steelcase has helped ensure that MBC affiliates can afford learning environments normally available only to top-flight institutions.
In Grand Rapids, Steelcase has committed itself not only to establishing the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT), the third replication of Bill Strickland's methods, but to providing for WMCAT's growth and long-term sustainability on behalf of the entire community. – less–ZoomInfo