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Ascendium in the News October 05, 2021

CivicLab Receives $750,000 Grant

A recent grant from Ascendium to CivicLab is making a new education and workforce initiative possible. Through the initiative, several rural community collaboratives will receive funding and technical assistance to strengthen postsecondary education and workforce development systems.

Newsletter Article September 30, 2021

$18.5 Million in Newly Approved Grants to Support Student Success, Workforce Mobility, Rural Guided Pathways

Ascendium’s Board of Directors recently approved 18 new grants totaling $18.5 million, including efforts with the Urban Institute, the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce and six other new grant partners. Among the new grants are initiatives that support campus finance leaders in advancing student success reforms, help postsecondary institutions identify successful workforce-relevant strategies for low-income learners and build the capacity of rural institutions to adopt guided pathways reforms.

Newsletter September 23, 2021

Ascendium Looking to Hire Passionate People Wanting to Make Impactful Change, Q&A with Program Officers Shares Insight into Supporting Adult Learners

  • Ascendium’s Grantmaking Team Strives for Impactful Change and Is Looking for Individuals Who Share this Passion
  • Investing in Projects that Support Adult Learners
  • Grant Explores Meaningful Workforce Partnerships
Newsletter Article September 16, 2021

Ascendium’s Grantmaking Team Strives for Impactful Change and Is Looking for Individuals Who Share this Passion

Keith Witham, Ascendium’s new deputy director - education grantmaking, shares his thoughts about education philanthropy in a time of unprecedented challenge and his hopes for meeting those challenges by filling key positions on a growing team.

Newsletter Article September 14, 2021

Grant Explores Meaningful Workforce Partnerships

Greater outcomes can be achieved when workforce and postsecondary education systems align in rural communities. That is exactly what Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has proven through an Ascendium-funded project in its first year. Read more about the Rural Works initiative, which utilizes a framework that focuses on the alignment of those systems to better engage community-wide partnerships between organizations, postsecondary education providers, employers and workforce investment boards in rural regions of the U.S. 

Newsletter August 19, 2021

New National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda available, Washington Consortium One Year After Maintain Momentum Grant and More

  • National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda Now Available
  • At One-Year Mark, Washington Consortium is Maintaining Momentum
  • New Media Partnerships Spotlight Topics in Postsecondary Education
Newsletter Article August 11, 2021

National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda Now Available

Deeply understanding the experiences of rural learners and the rural institutions that serve them is critical to removing systemic barriers that can stand in the way of their success. Ascendium is excited to share our newly released National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda, developed in partnership with Sova, that outlines key questions to inform further research in the rural postsecondary education and workforce training field.

Newsletter July 22, 2021

Rural community colleges respond to health crisis, a look at non-traditional models for students transitioning from training to the workforce and more

  • Resources Help Rural Community Colleges in Aftermath of COVID-19 Health Crisis
  • An Interest in Innovation: New Grants Explore Non-Traditional Models
  • Keith Witham Named Ascendium’s New Deputy Director - Education Grantmaking
Newsletter Article July 21, 2021

Keith Witham Named Ascendium’s New Deputy Director - Education Grantmaking

Ascendium welcomes Keith Witham as our new Deputy Director - Education Grantmaking. He will provide day-to-day supervision and support to program officers across Ascendium’s four focus areas to maximize the impact of investments that support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article July 21, 2021

Resources Help Rural Community Colleges in Aftermath of COVID-19 Health Crisis

Rural community colleges are facing many challenges in the aftermath of the COVID-19 health crisis and Ascendium grant partners are helping meet them. The National Center for Inquiry & Improvement is producing a series of briefs to help colleges strengthen their ability to provide regional stability and upward mobility for their students. The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges is working to train rural Maine residents for well-paying remote work careers.

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