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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.


We hope our work contributes to a future where more learners from low-income backgrounds achieve upward mobility through postsecondary education and workforce training.

News and updates

May 18, 2023 Newsletter

Meet Our New Program Officer for Strategic Engagement, Learn How Rural Community Colleges Are Helping Learners, and More

  • Introducing Our New Program Officer for Strategic Engagement, Amy Kuether
  • Rural Community Colleges Utilize Strengths and Assets to Improve Learner Success
  • Perspectives from the Field: Community Colleges Connect Learners to Credentials that Meet Local Workforce Needs
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April 20, 2023 Newsletter

Lifting Up Postsecondary Education in Prison During Second Chance Month and More

  • It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Incarcerated Learners
  • Three Takeaways from RAND Corporation’s Report: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Education
  • Record Number of Wisconsin Apprentices Receive Tools of the Trade Scholarships
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April 13, 2023 News Release

Ascendium Releases 2022 Education Philanthropy Report: Meeting the Moment

Ascendium Education Group has released its 2022 Education Philanthropy report, Meeting the Moment. The report tells the story of Ascendium's philanthropy during 2022 as we provided $122 million in new grants to meet the challenges created and compounded by our changing world.

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