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We believe in the promise of a better life no matter where you started – and the power of education and training beyond high school to transform the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

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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 earn degrees and credentials in postsecondary education and workforce training. We envision this leading to improved labor market success and socioeconomic mobility for these learners.

To assess the progress of our strategy on the changes we seek, we monitor data points related to first-year persistence, degree and credential completion, time to completion and job placement. 

News and Updates

December 16, 2021 Newsletter

New Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Our Growing and Evolving Team and More

  • Ascendium Partners with The Chronicle of Higher Education to Prioritize Student Success
  • Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Team Continues to Grow
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December 16, 2021 News Release

Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021

Ascendium employees give back to the communities in which they live and work through our employee giving program, Ascendium Cares.

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November 18, 2021 Newsletter

Ready for Pell Proposal Deadline Nov. 24, New CCRC Report on Guided Pathways and More

  • Ready for Pell Proposal Deadline is Nov. 24
  • New CCRC Report on Guided Pathways One of Several Ascendium-Supported Efforts on the Evidence-Informed Framework
  • Grant from Ascendium's Maintain Momentum Supports Community Colleges of Appalachia in New Rural Educators Academy
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