WMCAT

WMCAT

We offer significant creative leadership opportunities to our interns, and a work environment that is rooted in dignity and respect for all, and personal growth.  
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Company Information

WMCAT provides a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives and community. We fulfill our mission through visual arts and tech engagement, workforce development and social enterprises.
Forty years ago, Bill Strickland created a model for addressing high school dropout rates and
unemployment through his organization, Manchester Bidwell in Pittsburgh. A MacArthur
Genius Award Honoree, Mr. Strickland shared his story nationally. In 2004, a team of business
leaders in West Michigan, including leaders of Steelcase and Amway, led a campaign to open
the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) as one of the first sites inspired by
the Manchester Bidwell model.
How many internships are you providing to the program?: 4-6
Placements require a financial obligation of $1,600 for each youth under 18 years old, and $2,000 for each intern 18 or older. Please indicate if you are a nonprofit organization and need wage assistance.: Yes
What transportation options for getting to and from work are available to you?: By Public Transport (Bus, Wheels to Work, or Bike/ Walk)
Public Transportation Supports: Proximity to bus line and details of which line/stop. Wheels to Work program participation and cost.: WMCAT is located at the corner of First St and Seward Ave, adjacent to the DASH, MAY Mobility headquarters, and multiple Rapid Stops.
Is your organization a Minority Business Enterprise?: No
Diversity Equity, & Inclusion Commitment: Share your organizations commitment to DEI, including local or national diversity commitments/pledges, links to public content outlining your strategy, and current representation in leadership and the general workforce.: WMCAT is a nationally-recognized leader in creative youth development and adult workforce development. With a bias toward action and an unrelenting commitment to equity, we curate a place where teens and adults can elevate their voices and leverage their lived experiences to choose their own unique opportunity pathways. At the forefront of social innovation, WMCAT also operates two social enterprises that are good for clients, good for employees, and good for the community.