The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology announced that it has been awarded a $150,000 grant to expand its Adult Workforce Program, which prepares participants for careers in health care. The grant was provided by the Citi Foundation from its 2019 Youth Workforce Fund.
The grant will allow the center to add two new evening courses this fall – Phlebotomy and Sterilization Processing and Distribution. The evening classes, which can accommodate up to 100 students, will be tuition-free and will be open to applicants aged 18 to 24.
The center currently offers classes leading to careers as medical coders and pharmacy technicians. Ninety percent of graduates from the programs have found jobs, center officials reported.
“BCAT has proven itself to be effective in providing workforce training that leads to jobs in the healthcare field by understanding and addressing some of the specific barriers to success students face. We are delighted that Citi Foundation has recognized this and has provided the support necessary to expand and give more students opportunities for strong careers,” said Robert D. Gioia, chairman of the BCAT Board of Directors.