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Meet the Team!

Alejandra Polcik- Program Manager

Program Manager
Alejandra Polcik

Alejandra currently works at Austin Community College in the office of Student Affairs as Manager of Hispanic Outreach Projects. Ms. Polcik is responsible for developing culturally and linguistically effective outreach strategies to reach diverse communities. These strategies include media (radio, TV, newspapers), social media, websites, and coordinating events to target populations. She manages the transfer program Ascender from Catch the Next, Inc., a college readiness and completion organization based in Austin, Texas. In this program, she manages projects and activities designed to engage, mentor, and help retain Hispanic students in credit classes.

Diana Gorostieta- Outreach Coordinator

Outreach Coordinator
Diana Gorostieta Martinez

Diana Gorostieta Martinez is the Outreach Coordinator of Hispanic Outreach Projects for the Ascender program under the Office of Student Affairs at ACC. Diana is responsible for promoting student engagement and retention by coordinating cultural and educational events and ensuring that students and mentors have a good and professional relationship. She is an ACC Ascender Alumna and holds an Associate and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. As a proud first-generation Latina student, she aspires to continue encouraging other students to pursue their educational goals.

Ascender Advisors

Name Campus Phone Email
Vidal Almanza Hays 512-262-6533
Regina Pineda Highland 512-223-7406
Lindsey Hitch Highland 512-223-7315
Vanessa Torres Highland Adult Ed 512-223-5127
Sogol Moghadam Riverside 512-223-6012
Jessica Oest Riverside 512-223-5236
Diana Hernandez-Quinonez South Austin 512-223-9145
ACC Advisors

Ascender Spring 2023 Faculty

Name Email Course
Amanda Rogers ENG 1302
Anne Fletcher ENG 1302
Aundra Hawkins GOV 2305
Carrza Dubose ENG 1302
Gary Moreno HIST 2328
Jessica Listi ENG 1302
JoAnna Brown GOV 2305
Tina Buck ENG 1302
Vanessa Faz GOV 2305
ACC Faculty

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