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CATC announces 97% graduation rate

Graduation milestone for the 2013-2014 school year; new community affiliations bring more opportunities for students to succeed  

Cincinnati, September 25,  2014 —  Students of the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, (CATC) now returning to their art studios at Longworth Hall,  have greater prospects for success than ever.

CATC is a credit-recovery program for Cincinnati Public Schools juniors and seniors who lack sufficient credits to graduate. The program is celebrating a new benchmark in graduation rates, and new community affiliations are offering more ways to help CATC students learn, grow, graduate, and succeed after graduation.

For the 2013-2014 school year, 97% of CATC high school seniors–most of whom came to the center at risk of not graduating at all–graduated.

New community involvement includes initiatives under discussion with the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, as well as the following programs with the YMCA’s Outdoor Adventure Clubs, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati:
*    CATC is launching a program called “Going all Out” with the YMCA Outdoor Adventure Clubs. The program integrates CATC arts programs and study themes with monthly outdoor events being sponsored by YMCA Outdoor Adventure Clubs.
*    CATC students are creating an art exhibit as part of their first-semester study theme “Art as Social Commentary,” to be premiered at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center  during the celebration of U.N. International Day of the Girl Child, October 11.  The multi-media exhibit is in the style of artist Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party.”
*    Following CATC students’ successful creation of a sculptural installation for The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s SOS 2014 exhibit, The Art Academy and CATC have expanded their relationship. CATC students will be invited to submit work for more Art Academy shows, and discussions are under way regarding other opportunities.

“It’s gratifying to see momentum in community support for CATC students,” says CATC CEO Clara Martin.  “That’s helping us attract more students  who need help graduating, and bringing us closer to our goal of graduating 100% of the students who participate in our programs.”

“We started in 2003 as a new idea that only a handful of people believed in,” says Lee Carter,  CATC co-founder and board of directors chairman.  “A little more than a decade later, we’re seeing CATC graduates out in the community, creating good lives and self-sufficient families–and that has always been our goal.”

About the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center
The Cincinnati Arts& Technology Center (CATC), a non-profit agency, is a credit-recovery program for Cincinnati Public Schools students. Most of our students are high school juniors, seniors and over-age underclassmen who lack sufficient credits to graduate. We use a combination of the transformational power of the arts and workforce development programs to help approximately 400 students per year stay in school, graduate and prepare for economically self-sufficient lives. On average, 93% of our seniors graduate. CATC is patterned after the highly successful Manchester Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, and is a model for national replication of programs that use the arts to help children succeed. For more information, to donate or sponsor a child, please visit or call us at (513) 562-5500
For more information, to donate or to sponsor a child, people are invited to visit or call CATC at (513) 562-5500.
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