Motivational Conference

Our Transfer Motivational Conference is designed to introduce community college students to university life experiences and to motivate them to transfer to a four-year university. 

Traditionally our students participate in a summer conference at Texas’ flagship campus, the University of Texas in Austin. This offers them the unique opportunity to have an on-campus experience complete with a stay in a dormitory and food in the cafeteria. 

The conferences enables  students to gain insight from university representatives and guest speakers on topics such as the admissions processes, financial aid, university transfer resources, financial literacy, and career planning as they network with other CTN students from across the state. Students will be inspired by motivational speakers and our program alumni who have overcome obstacles and succeeded. Alumni will answer student questions and have meaningful discussions.


The main objectives of this conference are to bring together Catch the Next- Ascender students in a collaborative environment to gain insight from university representatives on topics such as:

  • Learn about the University Admissions processes
  • Learn about time management and study skills 
  • Learn about the University Financial Aid processes
  • Learn about the transferring of credits from community college to a university
  • Learn about career planning and opportunities
  • Learn about housing options

Our Training Has Helped Professors Close the Opportunity Gap

Students taught by CTN-trained faculty earn more degrees and spend less on their education.