Once Chatfield’s tagline, “Big Dreams Come True Here”, this mantra still rings true. Especially for Gracie Roades, a student of the St. Martin campus who will be attending the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, often known as DAAP, this upcoming fall. The DAAP program is ranked among the best of its kind, not just nationally, but worldwide. Other accolades recently earned by DAAP include BusinessWeek’s Top 30 Design Schools, and International Design Magazine’s globe’s Top 10. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s graduate program in design as the sixth best in the nation.
“I honestly cannot wait to start at UC. It is a dream come true for me,” says Gracie. She will be among the few Chatfield students ever to be accepted into DAAP’s very competitive program.
Gracie has always loved art and architecture and credits her father’s real estate flipping business as her inspiration. She plans to become an architectural designer or art curator for museums. When looking for schools that offer programs in those fields, Gracie knew UC and DAAP would be at the top of her list.
“I visited the DAAP program in the fall and it was the one. The school was phenomenal, and the co-op program is perfect for how I envisioned starting out my career,” she said.
Ranked among the Top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, UC’s co-op program allows students to alternate classroom time with paid, professional work so students can work around the globe to expand their educational options while building impressive resumes and professional networks.
Gracie will be graduating from both North Adams High School and Chatfield College in just a few short weeks as a result of her participation in Ohio’s College Credit Plus program (CCP). The CCP program is funded by the State of Ohio and allows high school students to take college courses at no cost to them or their families. Credits earned are easily transferable to the next college of their choosing. During a CCP meeting at her high school, Chatfield’s presentation impressed Gracie and she decided to visit campus. There, she fell in love with the rural and bucolic setting from the minute she drove down driveway lined with ornamental pear trees, and the historic and beautiful Sacred Heart Chapel.
“The landscape of the college is stunning! It was so peaceful and calm—a perfect fit for what I wanted during my CCP years,” Gracie remembers.
Gracie also really likes the small community feel of her classes, and the opportunity to really get to know her instructors and classmates. She appreciates the small classes because of the one-on-one attention she received, making her feel she was able to learn more as a result. Outside of the classroom, Gracie was able to get involved in some of the clubs on campus. She is a member of the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for students of two-year schools, Chatfield’s own Julia Chatfield Honor Society, and the Student Service Club.
“I have been able to expand on my leadership skills while taking advantage of lots of community service opportunities and projects, like the Fall Festival and our current tennis court renovation project. I wouldn’t trade the years I spent here for anything!” she said.
Gracie is very thankful she chose to attend Chatfield as a high school student before enrolling at a large, four-year institution like UC. In summary, she says, “These years here at Chatfield have greatly affected my education for the better. I feel I am more prepared to move on to the next steps of life because of this college – not only academically, but as a person too. I have made so many great friends I never would have met had it not been for Chatfield.”