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Chatfield Scholarship Helps Cyclones Employee Go Back To School After 10 Years

December 21st, 2011 Chatfield Scholarship Helps Cyclones Employee Go Back To School After 10 Years

For Theresa Fletcher, the school hiatus following her 2001 graduation from Eastern Brown High School was supposed to last just one year.

But, one year turned into two that turned into 10, and getting back to school had become a daunting task. Between a full-time job and raising two kids, the time and resources were few and far between.

Enter Chatfield College and the Cincinnati Cyclones. The small Catholic college and the minor league hockey franchise had recently entered into a scholarship agreement that would pay the tuition and fees for a Cyclones employee.

The agreement came at the right time for Fletcher, who had just returned to the Cyclones one month prior.  It was her second stint working in the housekeeping department for the hockey team.

“Chatfield works out well because you only have to attend classes once a week,” said Fletcher, referring to Chatfield's block scheduling approach where each class meets for 2.5 hours once a week. “And, it definitely takes the stress off of me, knowing school is paid for.”

In order for her to seize this opportunity, Fletcher had to compose an essay detailing why she wanted to return to school.

“I was really nervous writing the essay because I had been out of school for 10 years,” said Fletcher.

The basis of her essay was that she wanted to do better than her parents, who never attended college. Mostly, she wanted a better life for herself, and for her children.

When the winter semester begins, most of Fletcher's classes will be confined to one day, thus leaving plenty of time to fulfill her 40 hours with the Cyclones and spend quality time with her two sons, Lucas, 6, and Christopher, 3.

Fletcher, a Dayton, KY resident, just completed her first year at Chatfield, working toward a Liberal Arts degree.  She plans on finishing her two year degree at the Findlay Market campus, then start working on a third year toward a Bachelor's degree at Chatfield as well.

She is enjoying her venture back into higher education, and said the experience has been a good one because the people at Chatfield College are “extremely nice and really helpful.”

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