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Chatfield College Receives Dater Grant for Second Year

October 22nd, 2011 Chatfield College Receives Dater Grant for Second Year

For the second consecutive year, the Charles H. Dater Foundation has awarded a grant to fund the Chatfield College Learning to Live Program at its Findlay market site. 

The Learning to Live Program is designed to address educational barriers to low-income parents in Greater Cincinnati and to increase educational access and retention for low-income single parents. Chatfield carries out this mission through a liberal-arts education fully supported by a social-services counselor; family and child care support,  need-based supplemental scholarships, and career services.

“Almost daily, a student will face child care issues, request tutoring assistance, or just need someone to talk to.  The Dater Grant has enabled us to better assist the students with their needs so that they can remain focused on their school work and being successful,” says Sylvia Waller, Chatfield retention specialist.

Chatfield reached its goal to increase enrollment of low-income parents and decrease the drop-out rate by doubling its enrollment and retention rate in fall 2010.

Chatfield's Findlay Market location serves students of an average age of 30; 90 percent are African American and nearly 80 percent are women, many of whom are single mothers. 

The Learning to Live Program works to eliminate financial, academic and childcare barriers by creating relationships with local child care services to provide extended care, coordinating with 4C for Children to offer child care services, and providing for the unmet costs of childcare through scholarships tied to academic advancement. Chatfield also provides a retention specialist, Waller, to assist students with social services in Greater Cincinnati, a scholarship fund to cover unmet financial needs, as well as tutoring and academic intervention services.

“The evidence is compelling.  Students not involved in the Learning to Live Program are 20 percent more likely to fail out of one or more courses. With the Dater Foundation grant, we are able to provide students with all of the tools they need to succeed, and we have the results to prove it,” says Waller.

The Charles H. Dater Foundation, founded in 1985, offers grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out projects that benefit children and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. Established to ensure that funding for worthwhile community programs would continue after his death, the Foundation preserves the memory and philanthropic commitment of Charles H. Dater (1912-1993) and his ancestors, whose hard work and business acumen over four generations provided them with the opportunity to share their success with their community.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati.  Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.  The St. Martin campus is located at 20918 State Route 251; St. Martin, OH  45118.  The Findlay Market location is at 1800 Logan Street; Cincinnati, OH  45202.  For more information, visit the website, at www.chatfield.edu, call 513-875-3344 or emailadmissions@chatfield.edu.

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