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We Turn Ambitions into Opportunities

We Are Climb The Ladder CTX

Welcome to Climb the Ladder CTX, your gateway to the vibrant career opportunities in Central Texas. Managed by the esteemed Workforce Solutions Capital Area, we're here to guide you, whether you're taking your first step into the professional world or seeking a change in direction.

At Climb the Ladder CTX, we believe in the power of informed choices. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the insights, guidance, and resources you need to make those choices confidently. Let's embark on this journey together.

Serving Austin and Elgin ISD schools

Monica Magallanes

Helping people is my passion and what better group of people to serve than the future of our workforce! Through my years of experience of working with adults and youth, I have realized that everyone has the capability and desire to grow into an amazing career but sometimes they need one person waiting for them at the starting line. As a Career and Education Outreach Specialist, I am here to provide the necessary resources and assistance to our students, educators, parents, and employers.

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Serving Pflugerville ISD

Samantha Ruiz-Gross

Over the last several years I have committed to serving youth in many capacities. My passions are further driven when I am helping the next generation to excel at their destiny. I believe I can impart a wealth of knowledge upon youth by sharing my unique trainings, networking opportunities, and community resources. I am enthusiastic about our future generation’s success. In my role I am committed to all youth understanding their next steps after high school graduation and normalizing options such as trade school. I am always available to discuss these opportunities with educator, students and their families further. Our tomorrow depends on the next generation.

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Serving Manor and Del Valle ISD's

Danielle "Danny" Schrock

With years of experience as an Education and Outreach Specialist across various industries, I am passionately committed to empowering Austin's youth. My dedication lies in guiding students towards enriching educational and career paths, connecting them with local resources and opportunities tailored to their unique aspirations. I strongly believe in the potential of our youth to launch successful careers post-high school with proper support. My role involves providing this essential support to students, educators, and families, effectively bridging their ambitions with achievement. Always ready to offer guidance, share resources, or engage in discussions, I am a steadfast advocate for career and educational advancement.

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Meet Our Outreach Specialists

Introducing Our Career Education Outreach Support

Jessica Dersen leads several programs to raise awareness of high-growth career pathways in the Austin Metropolitan Area in Texas. Her team is dedicated to preparing students for their future careers by executing meaningful career preparation activities such as career exploration events, industry site tours, career advising workshops, youth apprenticeships, and more. Jessica is an experienced career navigator for at-risk youth with expertise in labor market data, work-based learning, and apprenticeship programs. She is also the co-founder of an animal rescue organization where she spends her free time outside of work dedicated to saving the lives of dogs and cats in Texas.

Director of Career Awareness and K-12 Partnerships

Jessica Dersen

Jessica Dersen
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