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“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

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“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

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Recent News


FINDING TRUTH IN FICTION BY RAFAEL CASTILLO

Rafael Castillo (Ph.D), who teaches English and Humanities at Palo Alto College, is Director of Publications and Special Projects at CTN. He is the author of Distant Journeys (Bilingual Review Press) and Aurora (Berkeley Press). His essays, articles, fiction and reviews have appeared in the Arizona Quarterly, English Journal, Phi Delta Kappa, College English, New Mexico Humanities Review, FRANK (Paris), New York Times, Hispanic Link Syndicate, and other national venues.

INSPIRING, VALIDATING, EMPOWERING: BLANCA CAMPA'S THE MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE BY JUAN GALVÁN

Juan Manuel Galván Rodríguez was born and raised in El Refugio de Trancas, a village in the municipality of Dolores Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States in his late adolescence and worked in construction and agriculture for well over a decade. Eventually, Juan enrolled in Houston Community College, from where he graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree with High Honors in 2000. He took some courses at the University of Houston-Downtown before transferring to the University of Houston, from where he earned a B.A. in History, Suma Cum Laude, in 2003. Juan then continued his graduate work, earning an M.A. in History in 2009 and a Ph.D., also in History, in 2016. His dissertation concentrates on the evolution of popular nationalism in Mexico from 1519 to 1862. Dr. Galván has been teaching U.S. History, Mexican American History, Mexican American Studies, and Humanities courses at Houston-area universities and community colleges since 2011. Dr. Galván is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood. His recent courses include "The African Experience in Mexico" and "The Underground Railroad to Florida, Texas, and Mexico."




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.













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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.

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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.









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