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What is Achieving the Dream (ATD)?

Achieving the Dream is a partner and champion of hard working leaders at more than 300 community colleges across the country. The organization was founded to close achievement gaps and accelerate student success nationwide by guiding institutional change, influencing public policy, generating knowledge, and engaging the public.

ATD Core Team Members


Reneé Patchin

Executive Director, Student Development

(803) 778-7867, ext. 467



Lisa Bracken

Vice President for Student Affairs

(803) 778-6652, ext. 252


Misty Hatfield

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

(803) 778-6641, ext. 241


Jason Tisdel

Vice President, Academic Affairs

(803) 778-7882, ext. 482


Jessica Lea

Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation

(803) 778-6667, ext. 267


Jasmine Todd

Director, Planning & Grants

(803) 778-6610, ext. 210


Allie Charlton

Director, PBI Formula Success

(803) 778-7892, ext. 492


Susan Nesbitt

Dean, Learning Resources and Curriculum

(803) 778-6695, ext. 295


Nicole Miles

Director, Marketing & Communications

(803) 778-7820, ext. 420


Michelle Martin

IT Applications Manager

(803) 778-6664, ext. 264


A Sierra Neal

Executive Director, Enrollment Management

(803) 774-3361, ext. 361


Sylvia James

Instructor, Nursing

(803) 778-6611, ext. 211


Fatima David

Director, Dual Enrollment

(803) 774-3385, ext. 385



Achieving the Dream is a partner and champion of hard working leaders at more than 300 community colleges across the country. The ATD Network of community colleges are distinct: choosing transformation over tradition, curiosity over inaction, innovation over status quo. Drawing on expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, customized growth plans are built to address the unique challenges each institution faces. ATD provides institutional leaders, faculty, and staff with actionable solutions grounded in years of experience and the knowledge of what it’s like to be in their shoes.


Priority One: Establish a culture of evidence in decision making

Priority Two: Increase retention of part-time students from 40% to 60% through teaching and learning

Priority Three: Increase the percentage of part-time students earning 15 credit hours in their first year, from 28% to 40%, through early connections


August 18, 2023: ATD Co-Chairs revealed the Student Success ATD webpage, professional development for employees.

August 18, 2023: ATD Co-Chairs facilitated a breakout session during Fall Kickoff 2023 to bring awareness related to “belonging” and student success at CCTC.

August 24, 2023: ATD Co-Chairs met virtually with ATD Coaches to share updates and brainstorm about future events. Highlights from the meeting included the Student Success ATD webpage, feedback from Fall Kickoff 2023, and agenda items for the September ATD Coaches visit.

September 12, 2023: Initial recruitment for ATD Action Team members ended. ATD Action Teams are being formed as a collaborative effort to ensure we are implementing outlined strategies, interventions, and activities to support our three ATD Priority Goals.

September 18, 2023: 2023 Data & Analytics Summit (ATD Core Team members and various employees will take part in virtual workshops to learn about unique ways data can be used to transform CCTC.)

September 27 – 28: ATD Coaches are back on campus! Coaches will meet with College leadership, connect with students, and extend a professional development opportunity to all employees on “Imposter Syndrome”.

February 19 – 24, 2024: ATD Core Team members will travel to Orlando, FL, for the 2024 DREAM Conference.