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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
Ascendium in the News March 21, 2024

Seeking to Boost Student Success in Appalachia

Community Colleges of Appalachia members recently participated in the Rural Educators Academy, which brings together college leaders, educators, and staff to better understand the learners they serve. Because the academy takes a multi-state, regional approach to helping rural students and providers, lessons learned can be applied throughout rural America, not just Appalachia.

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.

Ascendium in the News March 01, 2024

Game-Changing Access to Academic Materials in Prison

Conducting research on JSTOR is a routine part of many students’ college experience. Now that opportunity is accessible to hundreds of thousands of incarcerated learners.

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.

Ascendium in the News February 22, 2024

A Digital Skilling Initiative for Economic Growth

It can be difficult for employers to find qualified workers in rural areas, especially those with strong digital skills. With funding from Ascendium, the Center on Rural Innovation is working with the Ada Jobs Foundation to develop a free digital skilling program for the community.

Newsletter February 22, 2024

Building Data-Driven Pathways to Good Jobs, State-Level Initiatives Paving the Way for Postsecondary Education in Prison, and More

  • Building Data-Driven Pathways to Good Jobs Through Community Partnerships
  • State-Level Initiatives Paving the Way for Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Michigan Community College Association Lays the Groundwork for State-Level Policy Changes
Newsletter Article February 14, 2024

Michigan Community College Association Lays the Groundwork for State-Level Policy Changes

The Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) is a leading advocate for postsecondary education and workforce development in Michigan, collaborating with the right people to implement and scale effective programs as well as informing state-level representatives of what student success could look like for thousands of learners in the state. The efforts of organizations like MCCA help lay the groundwork for program and policy changes that result in improvements to postsecondary education and workforce training systems.

Ascendium in the News February 13, 2024

Open Campus to partner on collaborative reporting projects with Arizona, Montana, North Carolina, and Utah newsrooms

Open Campus has selected four local newsrooms to support as they build their capacity to cover postsecondary education and workforce training, particularly in rural communities. As part of its partnership with Ascendium, Open Campus will continue to grow its collaboration with local newsrooms in expanding local coverage of topics in higher education.

Ascendium in the News January 30, 2024

SUNY Prison Programs Get Funding

Around 19,000 individuals in New York's prisons are eligible for college, but only 7% of them can access publicly funded postsecondary education. A recent grant aims to help the State University of New York (SUNY) enhance educational opportunities and equity for incarcerated learners in New York.

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