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Newsletter June 17, 2021

Our Vision for Learning and Impact, Ascendium Education Philanthropy on Social Media, New Rural Matters Podcasts and More

  • Learning and Impact at Ascendium
  • Starting this Month, Find Ascendium's Education Philanthropy News and Info on Social @AscendiumEP
  • New Podcasts Shine Light on Rural Voices, Partners
News Release June 15, 2021

Expanded Programming from Operation Fresh Start Prepares Dane County Youth for Careers in Construction and Conservation

Operation Fresh Start is creating a new Conservation Graduate Crew pathway, providing pre-apprentice training for young adults just starting careers in conservation work. A $250,000 grant from Ascendium will support the new pathway, as well as the existing Construction Graduate Crew pathway.

Newsletter Article June 11, 2021

Biden Postsecondary Education Proposals Raise Profile of Evidence-Based Reform Strategies

A Biden Administration proposal includes $62 billion to invest in evidence-based strategies that increase retention and completion rates at institutions serving students from communities most underrepresented in postsecondary education. This focus on proven strategies targeting underrepresented learners closely parallels Ascendium’s strategy and mission to improve education and career outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article June 09, 2021

Insights Gained from Rural Respondents in ECS Special Report

To make the most effective investments in rural postsecondary education and workforce training, it’s important that Ascendium and others in the field understand rural residents’ perceptions. There are insights to be gleaned from their perceptions of the value of education, barriers to entry or completion, connections to work and general satisfaction with prior education and training experiences. A new Education Commission of the States report, in partnership with Strada Education Network and Gallup and funded by Ascendium, provides a greater awareness and deeper understanding of how rural residents perceive postsecondary education and training, particularly in light of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Newsletter Article June 09, 2021

New Podcasts Shine Light on Rural Voices, Partners

Rural Matters has a new eight-part podcast series focused on postsecondary education and workforce training in rural communities. The series kicked off with a compelling first episode featuring the voices of four rural community college leaders from across the U.S. Ascendium is supporting this series with the aim of informing more listeners about the viewpoints of both learners and institutions in rural areas, as well as highlighting the voices of our grant partners and the work they are doing.

Newsletter Article June 09, 2021

Starting this Month, Find Ascendium Education Philanthropy News and Info on Social @AscendiumEP

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is now on social media — find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. Now you’ll be able to connect, share and converse with us on social media channels we’ve established just for our education philanthropy. These channels will be focused exclusively on initiatives we’re backing, the work of our amazing grant partners and other topics of interest to the field.

Spotlight June 02, 2021

Learning and Impact at Ascendium

In 2020, Bethany Miller joined Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy team as deputy director - learning & impact. Her role: to strengthen our strategy and operations to deliver a greater impact for learners from low-income backgrounds. Learn more about Bethany and the vision for the Learning and Impact team and how they hope to increase our philanthropy’s effectiveness and contribute to better outcomes for these learners.

News Release May 24, 2021

Madison-Area Nonprofit JustDane to Develop Hospitality Management Training Program for Residents Impacted by Incarceration

Madison-area nonprofit JustDane is developing a hospitality management training program. Aided by a $55,000 planning grant from Ascendium, the 12-week program will provide a pathway into hotel and restaurant management and entrepreneurship for people experiencing significant barriers to employment.

Newsletter May 20, 2021

New Grants Awarded, New Completion Grants Playbook Available, Q&A with Ed Trust and More

  • Ascendium Invests $16 Million in Postsecondary Education in Prisons, Math Pathways and More
  • UIA Completion Grants Playbook Shows How a Little Can Go a Long Way for Student Success
  • Q&A with Ed Trust: Justice Fellows Will Center Voices of the Incarcerated in Postsecondary Education in Prison Policy
Ascendium in the News May 18, 2021

Education Behind and Beyond Bars

The country's postsecondary education institutions are ramping up efforts to serve students currently or formerly in prison. Ascendium Vice President - Education Philanthropy Amy Kerwin discusses recent grants that will research quality benchmarks for prison education programs and center the voices of incarcerated students in policy discussions.

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