Free medical job training program graduates first students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —  Buffalo is in the midst of a medical boom, and it’s creating opportunities for those who are looking for work.

One man is taking that opportunity, but after running out of money having taken classes at ECC, he didn’t know what to do until he heard about a program through the Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology (BCAT).

Two programs are available right now to prospective students; medical coding and pharmacy technician programs. The part that has drawn students to the programs are the fact that they are free.

Robert Bradshaw Jr. heard about the program, and was attracted to one of its highlights. The program trains students for jobs readily available in the Buffalo job market.

Donations cover the costly $15,000 a year program, so students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to gain specialized skills have that chance.

BCAT just graduated its very first class of students, and Bradshaw was among them.

“The seven months was hard, but we graduated Thursday,” Bradshaw said. “It was lovely, just lovely. Such a sense of accomplishment, like a weight off your chest.”

Bradshaw is currently finishing his two month internship with Kaleida Health, and he says he’s confident he’ll have a job offer when he’s finished.

Stacey Watson, the director of programs at BCAT, said the ideal candidates for the program are those who want to get back to work and earn a family-sustaining wage.

“There are a lot of opportunities in the medical campus and other areas as well for people who are wanting a job, wanting to be able to support their families, however wanting to do it in a way that is not cost prohibitive by going to college for four years,” she said.

Of the 70 students that applied to get into the first class of students at BCAT, only 17 were admitted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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