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CTN ASCENDER PROGRAM HELPS JULIAN MORALES GRADUATE EARLY




CTN ASCENDER PROGRAM HELPS JULIAN MORALES GRADUATE EARLY


When 23-year-old Julian Morales graduated from high school, he went straight into trade school, got his certificate, and went to work out in the field, out of state. However, he was missing out on a lot of important events in his son’s life, so he decided to come back to school so that he could find a job locally and be closer to his family.


He became a part of the Ascender program at STC thanks to advisor Matthew Martinez, who encouraged him to take Ascender classes which would help him graduate in December. Now Julian will be able to spend more time and be a bigger part of his son’s life because he graduated from STC this December with his associates in science of welding, meeting his goal of graduating early.


The main obstacle that Julian faced was time management. Having a full-time job as well as attending school and looking out for his son proved to be a difficult task. Being is the Ascender program helped him out a lot due to his instructors, Professor Cerda and Professor Ledesma. “They are always encouraging and motivating everyone each class day,” he said. “They were a big help and always there when I had any questions or was struggling with anything.” Since he had been out of college for quite a while, he loved how Professor Ledesma’s class was about motivation and understanding what success is about. He enjoyed how Professor Cerda was extremely helpful and there to help whenever she could, which he was grateful for as well.


Julian got involved in the program because he wanted to try something new and be involved in the program activities. Noche de Familia was one he really enjoyed going to since he said it brought everyone together with family, students, and professors including the guest speakers talking about what they have gone through to get to where they are now which was inspiring to many.




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