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Building Pathways to Quality Jobs and Financial Security in Rural America

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation|$1,302,077|5/2020 - 7/2023
This grant supports 11 communities in the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Rural Works initiative, a national network of workforce intermediaries committed to modernizing and redeveloping pathways from postsecondary education and training to employment.

Guided Pathways: “What and How To” Educational Series

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Teachers College, Columbia University|$1,812,945|9/2020 - 7/2023
This grant supports the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in creating a suite of training materials designed for colleges that have not been well served by existing technical assistance providers in the guided pathways reform movement.

Leveraging Arkansas Community Colleges to Support Economic Development

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation|$240,000|12/2021 - 7/2023
This grant supports Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation in providing technical assistance to the Arkansas Association of Community Colleges to help their 22 institutions statewide serve as leaders for regional workforce development partnerships.

Collective Impact Fund Advancing Good Jobs and Inclusive Economic and Talent Development

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America Achieves Inc|$500,000|8/2022 - 7/2023
This grant supports America Achieves in providing technical assistance and funder matchmaking to a cohort of regional coalitions as they advance entrepreneurial economic development, good jobs and economic mobility, particularly for rural areas and underrepresented groups.

CompetencyXchange Task Force

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Competency-Based Education Network|$50,000|10/2022 - 7/2023
This grant supports the Competency Based Education Network in developing a comprehensive agenda to scale implementation of competency-based education across the nation by engaging a coalition of key stakeholders in planning.

Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison

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University of Wisconsin-Madison|$150,000|8/2021 - 7/2023
This grant supports the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in partnership with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, in preparing to launch their Prison Education Initiative to offer baccalaureate degrees, competency-based degrees, certificate programs and stackable credentials to incarcerated adults across Wisconsin.

Catalyzing Rural Community Colleges Through a Design Challenge

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Education Design Lab|$1,996,925|4/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports Education Design Lab in executing a three-year design challenge to develop and pilot new solutions to the question: “How might we improve the ability of rural community colleges to be a critical engine (or catalyst) of growth in their local communities?” Education Design Lab will partner with five rural community colleges to collaboratively structure, design and evaluate new programs.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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American Association of Colleges and Universities|$1,848,800|8/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports the Association of American Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Research Capacity Building Initiative

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APIA Scholars|$500,000|5/2021 - 6/2023
This grant supports the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in building the capacity of rural Pacific Island postsecondary institutions to analyze data and use collaborative research strategies to improve their policies and practices. The initiative will increase Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander student success by developing pathways that lead to workforce participation through partnerships and institutional innovation.

Future U. Podcast

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Academic Intelligence|$55,000|9/2022 - 6/2023
As part of Ascendium’s 2022 Strategic Media Partnerships, this grant supports Academic Intelligence’s production of the Future U. podcast series featuring interviews and stories about topics related to removing barriers to success in postsecondary education. The series will include four themed episodes under Ascendium’s direction dedicated to Ascendium’s focus areas and highlighting its grantees.