Ascender

College can often feel overwhelming. We're here to offer you a network of support — success coaches (advisors), instructors, mentors and classmates — who care about your dreams, too.

Dallas College’s Ascender program treats you like familia and helps cultivate a sense of belonging on your campus. You’ll make friends, develop leadership skills, learn to thrive academically, celebrate Latinx culture and receive structured guidance as you prepare to transfer to a university.

This free program is open to all first-year students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree. You do not have to be Latinx to join the program and students from all areas of study are welcome to apply. Students interested in participating must complete the TSIA2 Assessment and meet with a Success Coach to determine eligibility for English 1301 and Education 1300 (Learning Framework) courses.

 

Why Join Ascender?

You’ll prepare for university transfer alongside a group of peers, receive one-on-one mentoring, career and transfer skills development, attend family-friendly events and much more!

The goal is to help you achieve college readiness,earn your degrees and transfer on to a four-year university and beyond.

If you are interested in joining Ascender, continue reviewing the information below and then select Interest Form button below.

 
 

Community

As a member of Ascender, you will join a learning community based on your educational background. Each learning community takes certain in-person classes together during the first two semesters of college.


Navigation Support

The Ascender team helps you clarify personal and professional goals while supporting you as you work toward them.

 

Student Engagement

Participation in Ascender encourages you to deepen your peer networks and leadership skills outside of the classroom.

Interested in Joining Ascender?

This program is best suited for students seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. It is not recommended for students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a certificate as the required courses for Ascender Enrollment may not be part of the degree. Please speak with a success coach for additional guidance.

 

Do you qualify to be a part of Ascender?

  • Eligible students are new at Dallas College and will attend college for the first time
  • Ascender students must be eligible to enroll in English 1301 (composition 1) + Education 1300 (learning frameworks) during the first semester + DIRW 0315 (developmental coursework) if required
  • Students seeking a certificate or associates of applied science (AAS) are not eligible for Ascender
  • Ascender is best suited for students seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

Students interested in participating must complete the TSIA2 Assessment and meet with a Success Coach to determine eligibility for English 1301 and Education 1300 (Learning Framework) courses.

Don’t wait, seats are filling up fast! For more information, email AscenderSupport@dcccd.edu.

Ascender is supported by Catch the Next, an evidence-based college readiness and completion nonprofit.

Spring 2023 Event Calendar

MonthEventDate/Time
Campus/Location
JanuaryAscender Student Orientations*Thursday, Jan. 19
Monday, Jan. 23
Transfer FairMonday, Jan. 30
4-7 p.m.
Mountain View Campus, Foyer & Hallway (Bldg. W)
Mentoring Presentation*Tuesday, Jan. 31
Transfer FairTuesday, Jan. 31
4-7 p.m.
Eastfield Campus, the Hive
FebruaryMentoring Presentation* Wednesday, Feb. 1
Transfer FairThursday, Feb. 2
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Richland Campus, El Paso Hall (Bldg. E)
University Trip: UNT Denton**
Sign-up Required
Friday, Feb. 3
University Trip: UT-Arlington**
Sign-up Required
Saturday, Feb. 4
Career Exploration (Choices 360)*Tuesday, Feb. 14
Wednesday, Feb. 15

Professional Development DayFriday, Feb. 17
University Trip: Paul Quinn College**
Sign-up Required
Friday, Feb. 17
Mentor Meet & GreetsTuesday, Feb. 21
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Eastfield Campus, G101
Tuesday, Feb. 21
2-3:30 p.m.
Mountain View Campus, S1030
Tuesday, Feb. 21
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Richland Campus, S117
Wednesday, Feb. 22
12:30-2 p.m.
Eastfield Campus, G101
Wednesday, Feb. 22
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mountain View Campus, S1030
MarchUniversity Trip: Texas A&M-Commerce/ UT Dallas**
Sign-up Required
Saturday, Mar. 4
Program Of Study Exploration*Tuesday, Mar. 7
Wednesday, Mar. 8
Dallas College Civil Rights TourMar. 23-26
Professional Development DayFriday, Mar. 24
Navigating University Transfer*Tuesday, Mar. 28
Wednesday, Mar. 29
University Trip: Midwestern State University**
Sign-up Required
Friday, Mar. 31
AprilUniversity Trip: UNT Dallas**
Sign-up Required
Saturday, Apr. 1
Latino Professional Career Panel (Virtual)*Tuesday, Apr. 4
Wednesday, Apr. 5

Best Practices & Approaches To Career Networking*Tuesday, Apr. 11
Wednesday, Apr. 12
Professional Development DayFriday, Apr. 14
¡celebración!Tuesday, Apr. 18
Wednesday, Apr. 19
JuneTransfer Motivational ConferenceJun. 8-10UT-Austin
More information to come

*Presentations take place during EDUC 1300 meeting time.
**Students are required to attend at least 1 university trip.

 

For general information, email: AscenderSupport@DallasCollege.edu
For university trip information, email: CareerAndTransfer@DallasCollege.edu