Would you be interested in making a difference in a student’s life, by becoming an Ascender Mentor? You could become a valuable team member of this program at Austin Community College!
Most Ascender Mentors are professionals who have traversed the hills and valleys of higher education. Evaluations of Ascender students show that they are succeeding academically; they state that their mentors have helped them achieve success. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete our Online Form.
The mentoring component is crucial in helping students begin to form a “network” of supportive individuals who will help them through their first year of college. Many Ascenders are the first in their families to attend college, and meet with a professional from the community who has gone through the same process and is a helpful guide. Mentors also serve as a valuable “voice” that is often able to help students see the “bigger picture” when they are struggling the most. Recruiting mentors, matching them with students and helping foster a unique relationship can be challenging; consequently, you will find the following information in the sections below.
Mentors are excellent listeners; people who want to make a difference in a student’s life. Mentors provide support and friendship and are role models for students. Mentors can share with students about their own mentor and how they were helped.
Do I need to speak Spanish to become a mentor?
No! If you speak Spanish or any other language, that's fantastic! However, we welcome all mentors who are able to speak English.
Do I Have to be an ACC Employee to Become a Mentor?
No, we accept mentors from any institution, organization, etc.! Although most of our mentors are from ACC, we welcome anyone to be a mentor, as long as they have at least 2 years of experience within the college field. Everyone is welcome to apply!
Is this a paid position?
No, being a mentor for the program is a voluntary and unpaid position. However, your work is very rewarding, fun, and well worth it, as you help a first-year student with their college experience!
How often does a mentor meet with his/her mentee?
These meetings are scheduled once per month during a semester, prepared by the Ascender Mentor Coordinator. The sessions usually last from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Mentors will likely spend 6 to 8 hours per semester.
What is the time commitment?
We ask mentors to commit for a period of two consecutive semesters, beginning in the fall.
How is the matching done?
The mentor coordinator will match mentors with students’ similar background and interests using information found in the mentor/mentee profile forms. It is important that both, mentor and mentee feel comfortable with each other.
What should I do in the event that I couldn’t continue mentoring?
If you cannot continue mentoring, it is important to notify the CTN Coordinator as soon as possible. You need to inform of this to your mentee as well.
Who do I notify if I am not able to attend a meeting, or if I have some issues or concerns?
For any questions or concerns related to the mentoring aspect of the Ascender Program, contact: