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We look forward to being a vibrant partner in
the rejuvenation of our city’s western corridor.

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Your contribution will make a lasting impact.

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Families can build income security through a career.
Teens can unleash their creative confidence.

WHO WE ARE

WMCAT is a national best practice for using innovation and design thinking to alleviate poverty, and empower adults and teens to pursue opportunity pathways. Our Adult Career Training and Teen Arts + Tech Programs have been recognized by The Aspen Institute, Stanford University’s d.school and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for innovative approaches to income security, design thinking and teen arts engagement.

get to know our cabinet

Collectively this team of leaders and community volunteers believe in opportunity. They are sharing WMCAT’s mission and our work to support adults in transitioning to new careers and teens transitioning to and through college. We thank them for leading the Leave Your Mark campaign.

a new home

A new permanent home for WMCAT will improve organizational sustainability and position us to leverage new partnerships and new opportunities in equity, education and empowerment. WMCAT is raising $8.5 million to purchase and build out 22,040 square feet on the top floor of a new four-story development from Rockford Construction at First and Seward on the west side.  WMCAT will be a nonprofit anchor on this super block that includes a new Meijer store on Bridge Street.
 
This space will nearly double our footprint, providing increased studio, classroom and collaborative spaces. Owning our facility will further ensure WMCAT’s sustainability and stability.

76 percent of adult students placed in living wage careers

94 percent of high school seniors graduate annually

Over $200,000 generated from WMCAT social enterprise, employing young adults

news + stories

Meet some of the students we’ve impacted and keep up to date on our ongoing progress

chris’s story
Christopher is a budding illustrator who has attended WMCAT for three years, working on public mural projects and ...
yesinia’s story
Yesenia followed her drive for a career to WMCAT where she graduated from our pharmacy technician program in 2015. ...
megan’s story
Megan participated in the WMCAT Teen Arts + Tech Program all four years of high school. She credits our teaching ...

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