Stacy Ybarra, CTN Director of Student Engagement, presented at the 2019 NCAN national conference, Racing Toward Postsecondary Success, which took place September 16-18 in Indianapolis.
CTN Peer Mentors, Norma Cantu, Oscar Casares, ire’ne lara silva, and Sergio Troncoso, are included on the Texas Book Festival author lineup to be held on October 26-27 in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Austin
CTN CEO Dr. Maria Chavez and Allegra Villarreal, CTN Director of Professional Development, both attended equity institutes over the summer.
CTN has been nominated for a 2019 Texas Higher Education Star Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of 60x30TX – Educated Population, Completion, Marketable Skills, and Manageable Student Debt.
The findings of an independent longitudinal study conducted by the Texas Education Research Center suggested that the CTN model is successful, with a strong effect for Ascender students “in terms of a decreased financial burden and an increased likelihood of certificate attainment” as well as a positive trend of the Ascender program on degree completion.
The Guided Pathways Advising Through Coaching program at CTN’s partner college, Austin Community College and Project MALES, under the direction of Victor Saenz, former CTN board member, have been nominated for the Examples of Excelencia award.
CTN Presents the third annual issue of Catch the Next Journal of Ideas and Pedagogy. This year's issue features the poetry of San Antonio's Fernando Esteban Flores and a book review by Maria Espino, each offering a view into the role of higher education in defining or redefining the American Dream.
PAC Ascender instructor, Diane Lerma published an article titled “Tuesdays With Bobbie: Faculty Mentoring for Instructional Success” in NISOD’s Innovation Abstracts on July 11. Diane’s article discusses the importance of her mentor as she transitioned from the reading department to the English department on her campus.
Juan Jaimes Costillia, former CTN intern under the supervision of Dr. Chavez, will begin a CTN volunteer position at the CTN office in Austin two days a week, Monday and Tuesday. He will serve as an Education Policy and Advocacy Fellow and will be developing a strategy to work with the TX legislature on funding and issues related to CTN’s mission as an organization.
Mike Guinn, CTN Peer Mentor and Board Member, recently joined the cast of Father Comes Home for the Wars presented by the African American Repertory Theater (AART) in Dallas.