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CATC welcomes three new staff members

CATC welcomes three new staff members

Cincinnati, December 9,  2014 —  The Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center welcomes two new arts instructors and a new workforce development coordinator.  A combination of quality arts programming plus “wraparound” services that include the career preparation Bridging the Gap provides, has proven to work for even the most at-risk students at CATC, where senior graduation rates have averaged 93% over more than a decade.

Matthew Long
joins CATC as workforce development coordinator for Bridging the Gap, the CATC workforce development program.  Most recently, as executive director at City Gospel Mission, Long  created Green Recycling Works to help men transition from drug and alcohol recovery to work, with an 87% success rate.  Previously he served as headmaster at Miami Valley Christian Academy, as pastor at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, and as an executive for Citibank where his work during 25 years took him to five of the seven continents.

Derek Toebbe,
who joins CATC as an art instructor in the “2D” (drawing, painting and other two-dimensional art forms) studio, first discovered a passion for teaching young people during a college internship. Currently he also serves as a gallery director and curator at Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY and as a designer for Able Projects LLC. His exhibit locations have included Static Age and Krafthaus galleries, Kentucky Museum of Art, Beringer-Crawford Museum, University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University.

Loraine Wible
joins CATC as an art instructor in the “DMM,” or digital multi-media studio. She began her career in Paris, where she was born, earning her bachelor’s degree in art before moving to Cincinnati, where she earned a master’s degree in art from the University of Cincinnati. She has served in adjunct faculty roles at U.C., the Art Academy,  Art Institute of Ohio, and at Northern Kentucky University where continues to teach variety of digital art classes. Wible has participated in 18 group shows, two solo shows, eight curated shows, and 22 performance shows in the U.S. and France.

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