This holiday season the best gift of all is the gift of our CTN Ascender graduates. We know that a degree offers better career opportunities and job security, and that a degree is an investment in the future not only for themselves, but for their families and their communities. We know a college education extends beyond one generation and that the future is brighter for all of us because of their success.

Thirty-two STC Ascender scholars received their Associate’s degree this December. There were 14 graduates from Pecan campus including  Ivonne Bravo in Business Administration; Zanaida Grijalva in Criminal Justice; Danny Amaya in Criminal Justice; Saide Garcia in Secondary Education; Karla Leal in Interdisciplinary Studies;  Julia Cortez in Criminal Justice; Ashley Galloway in Kinesiology; Sergio Lopez in Criminal Justice; Berenice Paramo in Elementary Ed; Edgar Flores in Psychology; Saraid Herrera in Business Administration;  Destiny N. Perez in Interdisciplinary Studies; Jazmin Castaneda in Elementary Education; and Kody Medina in Criminal Justice.

Nine Starr campus Ascender scholars included Julio Corro, Kinesiology; Ruth Hernandez, Criminal Justice; Briselly Lopez, Criminal Justice; Selina Perez, AAT-Elementary; Luis Salinas, Criminal Justice; Yaritza Trevino, Accounting; Hector Ali Ochoa, Associate of Applied Science; Erendira Garcia, Business Administration; and Yanira Flores, Criminal Justice. 

There were nine grads from Mid-Valley campus:  Cyanna Cano, Lizbeth Betancourt, Rolando Najera, Benjamin Rangel, Samantha Aguilar, Julissa Infante, Yurani Villarreal, Michelle Carrrizales, and Alexandro Saenz.

Two Ascender students from Austin Community College, Sandra Orduna and Joesly Alvarez, graduated on December 12th. Valeria Bravo, was San Antonio College’s first Ascender graduate since the program began on campus in 2018. She got her associate’s degree in psychology and is currently applying to universities to earn her bachelor’s and then her master’s degree before continuing on to pursue her Ph.D.

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