Ascender Learning Communities

Welcome to Ascender!

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Ascender is a first year experience program for community college students created to ensure college readiness toward completion and transfer. It combines:

  • Navigational support through holistic advising, counseling, and a Learning Framework course
  • An academic pathway that features a year-long sequence of English and additional core subjects by instructors trained in the model
  • A Student Engagement component that includes community mentorship, cultural events, leadership development and internships

The San Antonio College Ascender Learning Communities, is comprised of caring and engaged faculty, advisors, and mentors, who work together to create a unique atmosphere for students known as an “Academic Familia.”

Ascender is part of Excelencia in Education's Growing What Works Database

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The Growing What Works Database is online and searchable. It is a resource for practitioners, institutional leaders, funders, and policymakers interested in evidence-based practices that accelerate Latino student success in higher education.