Contributed by Student Affairs Communications

Effective March 21, 2022, administration and oversight of the ACC Career Scholas Program has transitioned to the Office of Student Affairs under the leadership of Kathy James. 

James serves as the college’s newly appointed executive dean of Advising and Special Programs and will help develop and streamline processes to better guide students from the start of the program to completion. Prior to this position, James was the director of Advising where she oversaw the district’s advising teams including online advising as well as our affinity programs —  Ascender and BRASS. 

Leadership within the two Career Scholars tracks will remain in place with Stephen Clifton overseeing the Direct-to-College Career Scholars and Oddett Garza-Weatherspoon leading the Adult Career Scholars Program; both will directly report to Kathy. See below for the full team:

  • Kathy James, Executive Dean, Advising and Special Programs
  • Stephen Clifton, Director, High School Career Scholars
  • Oddett Garza-Weatherspoon, Manager, Adult Career Scholars
  • Samantha Creek, Administrative Assistant, Career Scholars
  • Aubony Crenshaw, Coordinator, High School Career Scholars
  • Chelsa King, Coordinator, High School Career Scholars
  • Marie Trzeciak, Coordinator, High School Career Scholars

About Career Scholars
Career Scholars is an all-inclusive scholarship program that supports students focused on starting a career immediately after ACC. Students in the program receive financial and academic support while working toward a certificate or associate degree in an approved area of study. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees — for a total of $5,000 disbursed over a period of up to 3 years — and ensures recipients have the guidance and support they need to reach their goals.

Learn more about the program at