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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
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.
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.
Rural community colleges are being recognized by Education Design Lab for un-tapped potential and emerging engines of growth in their local communities. Education Design Lab recently received funding from Ascendium to complete a three-year design challenge to develop and pilot transformative new programs for rural learners from low-income backgrounds and their communities.
The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, supported by Ascendium, is providing rural Maine students with a free training program on remote work. As industries move towards increasing remote work options, this program aims to break down barriers for learners from low-income backgrounds living in rural Maine by preparing them for and gaining access to more remote work opportunities.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ascendium and other co-funders are supporting Maine’s seven community colleges to provide free training for up to 700 rural learners to prepare them for remote work jobs.
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