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Ascend

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s Accelerating Student Completion: Encouraging New Dreams (Ascend) is a program created to help more students earn certificates and associate degrees within three years. Funded by a grant from Arnold Ventures, Ascend replicates the ASAP program at CUNY colleges in New York whose students doubled their graduation rates by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports. These supports include comprehensive and personal advisement, career counseling, tutoring, waivers for tuition and mandatory fees, gift cards for groceries and/or gas, and additional financial assistance to reduce or eliminate the cost of textbooks.

Ascend also offers special class scheduling options to ensure that Ascend students get the classes they need, are in classes with other Ascend students, and attend classes in convenient blocks of time to accommodate their work schedules. As students approach graduation, they receive additional assistance to help them transfer to a 4-year college or transition into the workforce, depending on their goals.


Program Benefits

  • Monthly incentive to help with groceries and/or gas
  • Textbook assistance to reduce (or eliminate) the cost of textbooks
  • Waiver covering tuition and mandatory fees for any gap left over after applying your financial aid award
  • Dedicated Ascend Advisor to guide you from entry to graduation
  • Special registration options to help you get the classes you need that fit your schedule
  • Enhanced career development and academic support services

Eligible Programs Include…

Culinary

Baking and Pastry
Catering and Hospitality Management
Culinary Arts
Food Service Retail Management

Engineering

Electric Distribution Engineering Technology
Mechatronics
Plastics Engineering Technology
Welding, Certificate

Health Science

Healthcare Professions
Nursing

Occupational

Applied Laboratory Technician

Technology

Applied Technology
Computer Network Engineering Technology
Cyber Security
Database Management
Information Technology
Software Development Engineering


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

APPLY TO ASCEND NOW

REGISTER FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION


Questions? Contact:

Lisha Burks, Ascend Director:
ASCEND@blueridgectc.edu
304-260-4380 EXT. 2409


ASCEND is part of a research study funded by Arnold Ventures to learn how the program benefits students. Students must meet the ASCEND eligibility criteria and agree to be part of the study to have the chance to receive the ASCEND services. A lottery-like process will be used to select which students among those who are eligible may participate in ASCEND.

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