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Scholar Spotlight: Carnesha Johnson

By Laura Arnold / June 18, 2024 /

Her grandmother was her heart and soul, her best friend, and the one who taught her how to be a woman and a mom. When Carnesha Johnson lost her grandmother…

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Mentor Spotlight: Erin Harris

By Laura Arnold / May 2, 2024 /

The educational legacy of the Ursulines of Brown County played an important role in Erin Harris’ life when she attended Chatfield College as a high school student. Now, she continues…

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Scholar Spotlight: Kaylie Helton

By Laura Arnold / March 5, 2024 /

March is Oral Health Month, and we are excited to spotlight Chatfield Edge Scholar Kaylie Helton, who is on her way to becoming a dental hygienist. A lifelong resident of…

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FAFSA 2024: A Shorter, Simpler Process

By Laura Arnold / February 6, 2024 /

For students applying to college in the 2024-2025 school year – the government’s application form for federal student aid recently got a facelift and is now available to the public.…

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The Educational Legacy of the Ursuline Sisters Continues at The Chatfield Edge

By Laura Arnold / January 22, 2024 /

Just over a year ago, Chatfield College transitioned from a being a private liberal arts college to a nonprofit agency, The Chatfield Edge. The new organization focuses on supporting first-generation…

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Scholar Spotlight: Anna Robertson

By Laura Arnold / December 7, 2023 /

National Day of the Horse is celebrated in the United States every December 13 but one of our Chatfield Edge scholars likely celebrates horses every day of the year. Meet…

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Donor Spotlight: Karin Burwinkel

By Laura Arnold / September 15, 2023 /

If you drive down the long tree-lined lane to the tranquil St. Martin office of The Chatfield Edge, you may run into Karin Burwinkel. She has a quilting studio on…

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Hispanic and Latino student

Serving Cincinnati’s Fast-Growing Hispanic and Latino Population

By Carol / September 5, 2023 /

Ohio’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, according to the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and in Cincinnati, this population is young, with almost half under the…

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Guiding First-Generation Students to Postsecondary Education Success

By Carol / May 2, 2023 /

Where would we be without map apps and that friendly voice navigation assistant routing us to the correct destination? Unfortunately, for first-generation college students, embarking on the road to postsecondary…

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Student Story – Pamala Hurley

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Pamala Hurley is not your typical college student. She graduated from high school in 1964 and decided to return to school at age 71 or 72 after her husband passed…

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Scholar Spotlight: Carnesha Johnson

Her grandmother was her heart and soul, her best friend, and the one who taught her how to be a woman and a mom. When Carnesha Johnson lost her grandmother two years ago to Covid-19, she experienced a time of intense grief and, ironically, intense motivation. She committed to getting her GED and started her educational journey to become an occupational therapy assistant.

“I love to help people and my goal is to graduate with my degree and work in the geriatric community,” Carnesha said. “I want to help people regain activity, especially those recovering from strokes.”

The mother of two children, a twelve-year old son and an eight-year-old daughter, Carnesha knows what it means to work hard to reach her goals. To support her family, she has worked in the fast-food, retail, hospital, and home health industries. While earning money was her main objective, the thought of going back to school was never far from her mind. Neither was her grandmother.

“When the pandemic hit, I had a few home health clients in their nineties who I would sit with and listen to their stories,” she recalled. “And then when I got off work, I called my Grandma.”

Considered a non-traditional student due to beginning college in her late thirties, Carnesha learned about The Chatfield Edge while attending Cincinnati State. After meeting with Program Director, David Hesson, and her mentor, Dr. Jeff Bauer, she felt extra motivation kicking in.

“A lot of people want to see me win. David checks in on me and I know I can call on my mentor anytime,” she said. “I go from being in school to doing field work in hospitals to being a mom and sometimes I need support.” She believes that her connection to The Chatfield Edge has helped her realize that she’s not the only one out there who is starting school at a later age and sometimes needs extra support.

The financial support she receives from The Chatfield Edge helps her afford necessities like the gas and expensive medical books she needs to stay in school. She is the recipient of Chatfield’s Ann E. Fender and Timothy Smith Scholarships.

Her message to other non-traditional students thinking about taking steps toward their educational goals is this: “It’s never too late to go back. I plan to be finished by the time I’m 39. It’s hard work and you must be dedicated. Don’t worry about people who tell you that you are starting too late and don’t listen to your own voices that tell you that you should have done this years ago. Just do it!  In the end you will be very proud of yourself.”

If you or someone you know is a non-traditional or first-generation student looking to further your goals through college, trade school, or a certificate program, contact David Hesson at or 513-875-3344 ext. 115. We are here to help you gain success in life through education.

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