The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios (CATS), in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, uses the transformative power of the arts and other proven methods to help at-risk students stay in school, graduate and succeed in life. CATS formerly was called CATC (Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center).
CATS, a non-profit (501c3), is a prototype of the highly successful Manchester Bidwell Training Center and a model for national replication of programs that use the arts to help students succeed. An average of 93 percent of CATS seniors graduate annually. As opposed to being only an art school, CATS is first and foremost an educational program offering an art experience, using proven methods to re-engage students in learning.
- Transform at-risk teens into self-sufficient adults through learning that lasts a lifetime.
- Unlock the self-worth and potential of at-risk teens through the transformative power of art, a first-class environment and a character-building culture.
- Equip at-risk teens with skills, credentials and pathways to employment.
- Nurture at-risk teens through high school and into sustainable success.
CATS helps 400 students per year earn Fine Arts or elective credits needed to graduate on time. At no cost to students and their families, CATS re-engages students with arts-based experiences.
CATS offers five studio courses, designed to meet the Ohio Department of Education’s Visual Arts standards, to Cincinnati Public Schools' juniors, seniors and overage underclassmen. The students work alongside artists from the community in a guild model, earning credits toward graduation.
Bridging the Gap Workforce Development
CATS also offers a rigorous workforce development program called Bridging the Gap, through which graduating seniors launch successful careers. Bridging the Gap is different from other workforce programs in that it partners with employers to train students for positions that are waiting for those who complete the program. Support continues for 18 months to ensure the teens are firmly established in their careers or higher education.
Cincinnati Arts & Technology Studios
Longworth Hall, 700 Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, 45203
Phone: (513) 562-5500
Clara Martin, Chief Executive Officer
Karen Bowman, Chairwoman
Laura Greene-White, Director of Education