Ascender

Join Us to Accelerate Your University Transfer Goals

Studens of the Ascender program at Austin Community College

CATCH THE NEXT, INC. is a college readiness and completion organization empowering students catch their college and career dreams. CTN’s Ascender Program focuses on creating a culture of evidence and engagement leading to college completion. CTN was established in 2009 to improve the educational outcomes of Latino and underserved student populations throughout the state.

The name Ascender comes from the acronym ASCEND: Achieving, Student, Confidence, Encouraging New Dreams (a name selected by ACC students). This program combines accelerated instruction in English and Math, academic counseling, writing assistance and mentoring by members of the community. Participating students will first earn an Associate degree, then transfer to a four-year university and continue on the path to completing a Bachelor degree.

Students belong to a cohort, they develop friendships and a sense of community through culturally enriching activities, college tours, motivational sessions from national speakers and community leaders who can help them build valuable professional networks.

What happens in the program?

You receive academic support throughout your college career until you earn an associate degree and transfer to a four-year university.

In the first semester you are part of cohort and take the following classes:

  • English Composition (ENGL 1301) paired with an intense writing class (INRW 0230)
  • Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success (EDUC 1300)
  • Math, for STEM MATD 0414/Math 1314 or
  • Non-STEM Math (NCBM 0185/Math 1332

In your second semester you continue in the cohort taking,

  • English Composition ENGL 1302
  • United States Government GOVT 2305

Students will:

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring with community leaders, professors, and counselors.
  • Connect with students who share similar interest and goals.
  • Participate in classes and college activities that have a multicultural emphasis.

Who can apply?

All Degrees and Majors/Area of Study (AOS)

You need:

  • ACC Application and Acceptance
  • Ascender Application (still pending) and Interview

For STEM and Non-STEM students
TSI scores of:
*Consult with your advisor for TSI Math scores
Writing: 347 with an essay score of 3 or higher
Reading: 346

*Note: A student may be TSI complete in all areas, but agree that additional educational support provided by the Ascender program would be helpful to his/her future.

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