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Meet the Team!

Alejandra Polcik- Program Manager

Program Manager
Alejandra Polcik
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Alejandra currently works at Austin Community College in the office of Student Affairs as the ASCENDER manager. 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
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Diana Gorostieta Martinez is the Outreach Coordinator 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 [email protected]
Marissa Martinez Highland (512) 223-7315 [email protected]
Monica Segura Highland (512) 223-7415 [email protected]
Vanessa Torres Highland Adult Ed 512-223-5127 [email protected]
Jessica Oest Riverside 512-223-5236 [email protected]
Gabriel Martinez Riverside [email protected]
Mary Avalos South Austin (512) 223-9138 [email protected]
ACC Advisors

Ascender Spring 2024 Faculty

Name Email Course
Amanda Rogers [email protected] ENG 1302
Aundra Hawkins [email protected] GOVT 2305
Carrza Dubose [email protected] ENG 1302
David Rice [email protected] ENGL 1302
Gary Moreno [email protected] HIST 2328
Jessica Listi [email protected] ENGL 1302
JoAnna Brown [email protected] GOVT 205
Tina Buck [email protected] ENG 1302
Vanessa Faz [email protected] GOVT 2305
ACC Faculty

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