Bodies and Spirits Were Full After First Brunch Fundraiser and Celebration

On a glorious, sunny spring morning, Chatfield College’s former Over-the-Rhine campus emanated with the sights, sounds, and scents of a harmonious family celebration. Bouquets of bright yellow daffodils provided a feast for the eyes; mellow, sophisticated jazz music a treat for the ears, and tantalizing barbeque chicken and rib tips tickled taste buds at The…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Justin Pappachan

Many college students are attracted to volunteering for two primary reasons: They have a desire to give back to their communities and they want to build their resumes, so they stand out to prospective employers. Students learning experientially Justin Pappachan was doing a Google search to identify service opportunities for students involved in the University…

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Everyone Needs a Cheerleader – National Volunteer Month

Back in January, a picture of the ecstatic actress Jamie Lee Curtis celebrating her co-star Michelle Yeoh’s win for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes went viral for all the right reasons. Everyone needs a cheerleader in their life. One Instagram user eloquently summed it up: “Life goal is to find someone who is…

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Donor Story – Rosemary and Mark Schlachter

“This might be one of the last moments we get to sit in this building,” reflected The Chatfield Edge’s Director of Development, Kelly Watson, on a chilly Friday afternoon. She is chatting with decades-long supporters Rosemary and Mark Schlachter inside the Over-the-Rhine campus of the former Chatfield College. The building is currently up for sale….

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Donor Story – Sue Showers – Founder of The Bob and Esther Freking Scholarship

Sue Showers grew up with five brothers. She was the oldest and only girl. Neither of her parents was a college graduate, but education was important in Sue’s family. “From a very young age, [my parents] always talked about us attending college. So, my parents put us all through Catholic grade school and high school,”…

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Latisha Smith

Student Story – Latasha Smith

Latasha Smith will graduate on May 7, 2023 with an associate degree in arts and science. Her science professor at Cincinnati State has lovingly nicknamed her Chatfield because of how much time she spends talking about her former alma mater and the good-natured jabs she gives him when he’s late for class. “At Chatfield College,”…

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Three common barriers that derail postsecondary education dreams

We talk a lot about barriers to postsecondary education at The Chatfield Edge. That’s because we’ve experienced the impact of these barriers on students first-hand. Before launching The Chatfield Edge, we led a small, private liberal arts college with urban and rural campuses for over 50 years. The barriers to postsecondary education tend to fall…

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We’re Hiring: Executive Director

THE OPPORTUNITY: Are you ready to lead a new organization into its next phase of growth and community impact? Are you passionate about empowering students to achieve a brighter future for themselves and their families? Do you enjoy being the face of an organization with community partners, donors, business leaders, and public officials? Can you…

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Student Story: Meet Destiny

The Chatfield Edge helps break down barriers preventing first-generation and underserved students from pursuing post-secondary education, whether college studies, technical, or skilled trades. Finances are often a barrier to attaining education, but not always in the way you think. While federal and state financial aid sources may cover tuition and room and board, many other…

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Honoring the Past, Looking Toward the Future

Former students, past presidents, family, and friends gathered underneath the soaring wood-carved ceilings of Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Martin, Ohio, on Sunday, January 29, to honor the people and Ursuline legacy that sustained Chatfield College for 51 years. That same legacy now serves as the guiding star for the new education attainment nonprofit, The…

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