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ASCEND: Accelerating Student Completion, Encouraging New Dreams

Our mission is to provide additional support services to help our students succeed in their educational journey. ASCEND is designed to remove financial and academic barriers that may prevent students from completing their degree.


ASCEND Services

With ASCEND, students have access to a range of benefits, including:

  • Tuition Assistance: To help cover the costs of your tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Course Materials Assistance: To eliminate or reduce the costs of your required course materials (e.g., textbooks, software codes, tool kits).
  • Monthly Stipend: To offset the cost of basic living expenses such as food, transportation, and clothing.
  • Personalized Support: To help you graduate on-time and successfully transition into the workforce.


Eligible Programs

The following programs are currently eligible for ASCEND:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology – AAS
  • Computer Maintenance Technology – CAS
  • Computer Science Technology – AAS
  • Cyber Security and Networking Technology – AAS
  • Medical Coding – CAS
  • Nursing – AAS

Additionally, individual Computer Science, Cyber Security, and Information Technology courses may be ASCEND eligible if they lead to an industry recognized credential.

Eligibility criteria for ASCEND may vary based on the specific grant extending services to your major. Please contact our office for additional details.


To remain eligible for ASCEND each semester, students must meet certain eligibility criteria, including:

  • Maintaining good academic standing
  • Meeting with their ASCEND Advisor as required
  • Participating in Tutoring Services as required
  • Completing at least one (1) NACE Career Services benchmark each semester


Apply Today

To start the application process for ASCEND, please click the "Request Information" button below. Spots in ASCEND are limited under grant guidelines and budget requirements. Once you submit the request, a team member will follow up with you to provide the actual application link tailored to your respective major's grant-extended services.
If you have any questions about the ASCEND program, please feel free to reach out to us using the "Contact" button below. We are here to assist you throughout the application process.


Disclaimer: ASCEND is funded by a $1,411,280 (42.44%) WORC grant, a $1,337,049 (39.34%) sub-award of an SCC grant, and a $619,360 (18.22%) sub-award of a Scaling Apprenticeship grant all awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.


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Student Services Team