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Newsletter Article June 17, 2024

Building on Prior Learning to Test the Effectiveness of Solutions that Better Serve Learners

Supporting critical learning and evidence building projects that catalyze the adoption of effective postsecondary education and workforce training solutions and reforms is core to our grantmaking strategy. Two recent validation grants demonstrate our support for these types of projects that build evidence policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders can use to better understand what makes solutions and reforms effective. With evidence in hand, these stakeholders can influence changes to practices and policies that lead to improved access to and success in postsecondary education and workforce training for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter May 28, 2024

How Ohio is Preparing the STEM Workforce, A Texas Community College Initiative Aims to Advance Equity, Q&A with Carolynn Lee, and More

  • Ambitious Yet Vital: How Ohio is Preparing the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow
  • A Texas Community College Initiative Aims to Advance Equity and Opportunity for English-Language Learners
  • Q&A: Carolynn Lee Discusses How Social Finance Institute Could Help Improve Outcomes for Learners
Newsletter Article May 20, 2024

Q&A: Carolynn Lee Discusses How Social Finance Institute Could Help Improve Outcomes for Learners

Social Finance, a national nonprofit, recently launched the Social Finance Institute. The Institute is a new initiative to increase learning and dissemination of insights from the nonprofit’s decade of work to make postsecondary education and workforce training more accessible, affordable, and sustainable. In this Q&A, Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking Carolynn Lee shares what excites her about the innovative work and how it can lead to improved outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Ascendium in the News April 23, 2024

Report: A Convening of Rural Higher Education Institutions Aims to Provide Economic Mobility for Rural Learners

Education Design Lab has launched the Rural College Design and Data Academy. Made up of 13 rural postsecondary education institutions, the new Academy aims to strengthen their capacity to meet the needs of rural learners from low-income backgrounds through workforce-aligned training pathways. To give more rural learners the opportunity to earn a credential and gain economic mobility, the Academy will identify promising pathways and gather data to understand rural institutions’ capacity to support them.

Newsletter Article April 12, 2024

Exploring Innovative Financing Models to Strengthen Talent Pipelines

Opportunities exist for integral stakeholders to form partnerships and explore effective and sustainable financing models for workforce training programs. A grant to Social Finance will encourage this coordination, which we envision leading to more robust, equitable training options for learners from low-income backgrounds to achieve upward mobility.

News Release April 11, 2024

Ascendium Releases 2023 Education Philanthropy Report, From Learning to Action

Ascendium released its 2023 Education Philanthropy Report, From Learning to Action. The report highlights our “learning while doing” approach to grantmaking.

News Release April 02, 2024

Skills Boost: Wisconsin Technical College System Apprentices Receive $1.6M in Scholarships from Ascendium

Hundreds of apprentices in the Wisconsin Technical College System receive Tools of the Trade scholarships from Ascendium in 2024.

Newsletter March 21, 2024

Sectoral Training Insights, Promotions for Key Ascendium Team Members, and More

  • What We Have Learned — and Still Need to Learn — About Sectoral Training Programs
  • Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Announces Strategic Promotions to Elevate Impact
Newsletter Article March 13, 2024

What We Have Learned — and Still Need to Learn — About Sectoral Training Programs

Sectoral training programs can be effective in addressing the needs of both employers and learners. However, there are still big questions about what aspects of these programs work best, and for whom. Over the coming months, Ascendium will draw on insights from a recent convening of leading researchers, our current investments, and the field to explore future investments focused on advancing evidence on the conditions and mechanisms needed to deliver and scale high-quality sectoral training programs.

Newsletter Article February 26, 2024

Ascendium's Education Philanthropy Announces Strategic Promotions to Elevate Impact

Ascendium is pleased to announce the promotions of three internal team members. In their new roles, Deputy Director of Learning and Impact Jessa Valentine, Senior Program Officer of Strategic Engagement Amy Kuether, and Program Officer Ashley Parker will propel new and ongoing initiatives. These organizational changes signal Ascendium’s commitment to the evolving needs of learners from low-income backgrounds.

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