Catch the Next, Inc., Named Finalist for Excelencia Award in Washington, D.C
“One of the most important things that I learned in CTN is that if I run into difficulties, I know there is someone I can look to, and I have a wider variety of resources. If there’s another CTN Program who is struggling, I would be more than willing to lend a hand."
- Brandan Rodriguez
“When I first joined the Catch the Next program, I was a recluse and very timid; but because I stayed with the same students and the same instructor, it felt like a family. I opened up and became more social.”
- Daniel Vega
One of the highlights of CTN’s 5th annual Student Transfer Motivational Conference was a panel of CTN alumni, many of whom have not only completed the program but graduated with associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The panel included Palo Alto College’s Veronica Gonzalez, Alexis Fabian, Edward Rodriguez, and Juan Higa; South Texas College’s Manuel Gonzalez, Adolfo Pecina, and Marco Espinoza; and Austin Community College’s Cloe Llanos.
CTN Peer Mentor Professor John H. Stanfield II from the University of Mauritius has been appointed as the first SSR Chair of African Studies.
2018 Motivational Conference
The Catch the Next Ascender Transfer Motivational Conference is designed to introduce community college students to experience university life and to motivate them to transfer to a four-year University. Only fifteen percent of Latinos in the US have a Bachelor’s degree and four percent have an advanced degree. When looking at African Americans, only twenty-two percent have a Bachelor’s degree and six percent have an advanced degree. For these figures to improve, transferring to a four-year University is crucial to the Latino and African American communities. The same urgency applies to other first generation underserved students in Texas. Participating in the summer conference will offer a unique opportunity for our Catch the Next Ascender students to have an on-campus dormitory experience at Texas’s flagship university.
To date, the following colleges have been trained in our model:
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WHO WE ARE:
CATCH THE NEXT, INC. is a college readiness and completion organization empowering students to catch their college and career dreams. CTN’s 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 Ascender Program provides academic, emotional-social, and community supports for Latino and other under served community college students to increase the number of students who successfully complete developmental coursework, increase the number of students who successfully complete first-year college-level coursework in gatekeeper courses such as English and Math, and increase the number of students who graduate from the community college and transfer to a four-year college or university. Faculty and administrators participating in our program participate in 3 professional development seminars earning a total of 5 graduate credits from the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.
ANNOUNCING NEW PROGRAM NAME AND LOGO
CTN is excited to announce a new name to replace “Dream Catchers” as the descriptor for our community college program and model.