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News Release March 23, 2023

Ascendium Announces Grant Partners for Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success

Ascendium is pleased to announce the grant partners selected to receive funding through our Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success initiative.

Newsletter February 16, 2023

Over $69 Million in New Grants, the Learning and Impact Team Welcomes Jessa Valentine and More

  • $69 Million+ in New Grants Highlighted by Investments in Job Pathways, Partnerships and More
  • Jessa Valentine Joins Learning and Impact Team
  • CORI Research on Digital Skilling is Put into Practice
Newsletter Article February 07, 2023

CORI Research on Digital Skilling is Put into Practice

Recent research from the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) showed that there is both a desire from rural residents and a need from local employers for tech skilling programs specific to a rural context. With a grant from Ascendium, CORI will build off that prior research and demonstrate how tech training programs centered around the needs of rural learners, employers and communities can foster upward mobility.

Newsletter Article January 31, 2023

$69 Million+ in New Grants Highlighted by Investments in Job Pathways, Partnerships and More

Ascendium’s philanthropy is off to a fast start in 2023 with the recent approval of 34 grants totaling over $69 million. Included in these grants is support for initiatives to connect learners from low-income backgrounds with good jobs, strengthen conditions for partnerships to emerge between colleges and employers, invest in high-quality postsecondary education in prison systems and more.

Newsletter January 19, 2023

Trends We’re Watching in 2023, Promising IT Career Training Pathways for Learners and More

  • Postsecondary Education Trends We’re Watching in 2023
  • Investing in IT Career Training Pathways Shows Promise for Adult Learners
  • Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education Elevates Learner Voices
Newsletter Article January 11, 2023

Postsecondary Education Trends We’re Watching in 2023

With 2022 in the rear view, Ascendium has kicked off the new year with optimism and excitement. We’ll continue to work closely with our grant partners and will be watching several postsecondary education trends in 2023. Future grant opportunities may be informed by the trends we see, especially if they connect to our goal of fostering upward mobility for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter December 15, 2022

A Farewell Message from Amy Kerwin

  • A Personal Message from Amy Kerwin
  • Reflections on Visiting Sing Sing, Plus Resources That Center Incarcerated Learners
  • Fund for Workforce Equity Organizations Selected
Newsletter November 17, 2022

Partnerships Help Offer Rural Learners In-Demand Career Credentials, Promising Caring Campus Results and More

  • Local and Online Postsecondary Education Providers Partner to Offer In-Demand Career Credentials in Rural Areas
  • Caring Campus Makes Student Success Everyone’s Business, With Promising Results
Ascendium in the News November 10, 2022

Efforts to Provide Economic Opportunity to Immigrants and Refugees in Rural Communities

A two-year initiative supported by Jobs for the Future, WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Ascendium will help connect immigrants, migrants and refugees in rural communities to workforce training opportunities that lead to good jobs. A cohort of selected organizations will design, implement and/or expand postsecondary education opportunities for this population of rural learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article November 09, 2022

Local and Online Postsecondary Education Providers Partner to Offer In-Demand Career Credentials in Rural Areas

Rural postsecondary institutions often lack the resources to offer bachelor’s degree programs in locally in-demand fields that lead to well-paying jobs. One solution is to supplement local postsecondary courses and training with online offerings that can be completed from any location. Ascendium’s recent awards to the Wakiya Foundation and to Reach University support postsecondary education credentials resulting from partnerships between local and online postsecondary providers. These partnerships lead to options for learners from low-income backgrounds to pursue family-sustaining careers where they live.

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