Our Ascender Program will be holding its Spring training session for faculty and staff on March 7-8, at the Frank Fickett Center in Austin, Texas.
Our agenda includes innovative sessions from experienced program practitioners in language arts, math, Learning Frameworks and advising as well as speakers such as Frank Savina, a program specialist and master teacher from the UT-Dana Center, and Eileen Galvez, a dean of Yale College who will present on “Imposter Syndrome” and its impact on faculty morale and student retention.
CTN welcomes three new mentors to our familia-Enrique Murillo, Julia Preston, and Fatema Basrai- and congratulates two others-Judge Del Valle and Kevin Christian.
Catch the Next CEO, Dr. Maria Chavez, CTN Director of Operations and Peer Mentoring, Lydia CdeBaca and CTN Director of Professional Development, Allegra Villarreal, attended The Texas Corequisite Project: A Collaborative Network of Texas Stakeholders on January 25 and 26.
The life of former CTN instructor at Palo Alto College Mariana Ornelas, who passed away on March 6th, 2017, will be honored and celebrated at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on March 9th. Mariana joined the Catch the Next familia in 2013, when then President Flores, decided to choose courses beyond the first year to ensure the retention of students, by offering a Mexican American Studies course, which Mariana taught until her illness forced her to retire.
An article published by The Department of Sociology at Iowa State University titled “Sociology alumnus makes a big impact in Latino community” featured CTN peer mentor Rogelio Saenz.
Dr. Chavez was invited to the inauguration and pre-inauguration conference of Thomas R. Bailey as President of Teachers College, Columbia University – the nation’s first and largest graduate school of education, psychology and health.
CTN Director of Peer Mentoring and Austin Community College Adjunct Professor in English and INRW, Lydia CdeBaca, is one of approximately 40 ACC faculty to receive a scholarship to the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning taking place in Austin on January 10-12, 2019.
CTN Peer Mentor, Juan Carlos Salinas, was the subject of the Yale News article titled “Yale alumnus makes the Ivies accessible to low-income kids.” The article discusses how a college readiness program Salinas runs through the nonprofit La Unidad Latina Foundation, Y Tu Tambien, is making the dream of attending Yale a reality for kids from low-income and immigrant families in and around New York City. The full article can be found at https://news.yale.edu/2018/12/14/yale-alumnu-makes-ivies-accessible-low-income-kids
Dr. Jon Herrin joins our team as a consultant to serve as Co-Director of Research and Evaluation with Erin Doran. He will oversee our quantitative work and will also be part of the Professional Development and Communications teams.