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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

We believe in the promise of a better life no matter where you started – and the power of education and training beyond high school to transform the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

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Our Focus Areas

We know learners from low-income backgrounds have the same abilities as high-income learners. Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.

THE CHANGE WE SEEK

We hope our work contributes to a future where more learners from low-income backgrounds earn degrees and credentials in postsecondary education and workforce training. We envision this leading to improved labor market success and socioeconomic mobility for these learners.

To assess the progress of our strategy on the changes we seek, we monitor data points related to first-year persistence, degree and credential completion, time to completion and job placement. 

News and Updates

January 20, 2022 Newsletter

$15.6M in New Grants Approved, Where to Find Information about Our Grants, Ascendium’s New Address and More

  • Ascendium Invests $15.6M in Grants on Degree Completion, Apprenticeship Strategy, Rural Learner Research and More
  • Take a Tour of Ascendiumphilanthropy.org with Rebecca Villarreal
  • Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021
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December 16, 2021 Newsletter

New Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Our Growing and Evolving Team and More

  • Ascendium Partners with The Chronicle of Higher Education to Prioritize Student Success
  • Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Team Continues to Grow
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December 16, 2021 News Release

Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021

Ascendium employees give back to the communities in which they live and work through our employee giving program, Ascendium Cares.

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