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Chatfield College Achieves Military Friendly Status

September 18th, 2013 Chatfield College Achieves Military Friendly Status

Chatfield College was recently announced as a Military Friendly School for 2014, based on its demonstrated success and interest in recruiting and retaining United States military and veteran students.  The Military Friendly School List ranks the College in the top 20% of higher education institutions.

The private, Catholic, liberal arts college was selected from among 12,000 universities, colleges, and trade schools in the country for most effectively embracing America’s military service members, veterans, and dependents and working to ensure their ongoing academic success.  The data driven survey was administered by Victory Media and independently certified by Ernst and Young.  “Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was fierce, and as a result we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark.  Chatfield College is among the elite competing for military students,” states the award letter from Rich McCormack, President of Victory Media.

Shane Heekin, Veterans Liaison for Chatfield College, works closely with the Military Jobs and Family Services Department in southwest Ohio, Army recruiters through the Concurrent Admissions Program for Army Enlistees (ConAP), Kentucky National Guard, as well as the National Guard Air Wing to continue building a strong relationship with Chatfield College.  As Heekin observes, “Southwest Ohio has a very large demographic of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Being included in the country’s list of Military Friendly Schools gives Chatfield College even greater credibility with serious perspective students and the military community.”

The two-year college serves approximately 420 students on its Over-the-Rhine and St. Martin campuses.  Chatfield College is in the midst of a capital campaign to provide funds for the adaptive reuse of 1544 Central Parkway as the permanent home of its growing number of Cincinnati students, as well as upgrade the historic St. Martin campus, and increase endowment and scholarships.  “The Chatfield veteran and active duty student community has grown 500% in one year.  The sheer numbers are staggering.  Helping these vets get reacclimated and trained to be the leaders of tomorrow is an honor.  Veterans bring unique life experiences and leadership skills to Chatfield that make the entire learning environment better for everyone including the student body, faculty, and staff,” shares Heekin.

Approximately 8 million military members and veterans seek higher education each year.

Chatfield College offers the Associate of Arts degree and is an open enrollment college accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  For more information, please visit the Chatfield website at www.chatfield.edu or email admissions@chatfield.edu.

Photo Caption:  (L to R) United States military veteran Pam Cavalier and Jessica Love (both students at the Findlay Market campus) are pictured with Chatfield College's Veterans Liaison, Shane Heekin. The 2014 Military Friendly School List ranks the College in the top 20% of 12,000 higher education institutions.

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