The ACC Ascender club hosted their 2nd Annual Toy Drive for Dell's Children's Hospital which ran from November 19th-December 12th. Toys were also collected for the Hays Police Department Brown Santa Program and Blue Santa. Club president, Ivanna Soriano, and sponsors Alejandra Martinez and Ariel Flores dropped the toys off at the hospital on December 15th.
ACC students celebrated the end of the fall semester with a celebration called Posada, which they learned means “inn” and is a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay. Posada is celebrated in the Latino culture beginning December 16th and ending on the 24th.
Palo Alto College held their end of semester gathering from 11-1 on December 5 & 6. Both days were needed to accommodate class times. Students and faculty enjoyed tamales, chips/queso, hot chocolate, fruit, and pan dulce. Students also played card games.
Daniella is the Ascender club president. What Daniella loves about the program is all the great opportunities it has to offer and how she can volunteer and be as involved as she can. As president of the club, she says her duty is “to see what else she can help in to make the club better.”
Julian Morales 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.
When CTN partnered with our three founding community colleges in 2012, we took on the challenge to help underserved students transition from community colleges to a four-year university with the end goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. Six graduates from UTRGV and one from UTSA achieved this goal this December.
A record number of thirty-one South Texas College CTN Ascender scholars received their associate’s degrees this December.
ACC freshman, Sandra Fernandez-Orduna, a student of Dr. Lydia CdeBaca at the ACC Riverside campus, recently celebrated the publication of her poem, “The Alien,” in the rio review, The Literary and Arts Journal of Austin Community College.
ACC Ascender scholars Cloe Llanos and Nathan Dickerson graduated at the Austin Community College Fall Commencement which took place on Friday, December 14th at the Frank Erwin Center.
Three CTN John Siceloff journalism interns are December graduates.