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Newsletter Article February 26, 2024

Ascendium's Education Philanthropy Announces Strategic Promotions to Elevate Impact

Ascendium is pleased to announce the promotions of three internal team members. In their new roles, Deputy Director of Learning and Impact Jessa Valentine, Senior Program Officer of Strategic Engagement Amy Kuether, and Program Officer Ashley Parker will propel new and ongoing initiatives. These organizational changes signal Ascendium’s commitment to the evolving needs of learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article January 30, 2024

Building Data-Driven Pathways to Good Jobs Through Community Partnerships

How can postsecondary education and workforce training institutions help ensure that talent pipelines for good jobs are effective, equitable, and data-driven? Two new grants that focus on community partnerships to support developing pathways informed by labor market data may help answer this question.

Newsletter January 18, 2024

Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training Trends, Ascendium Welcomes Three Members, and More

  • Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training Trends We’re Watching in 2024
  • Ascendium Welcomes Three Members to Education Philanthropy Team
  • Grants to Community-Based Organizations Aim to Strengthen Workforce-Aligned Training Pathways for Rural Learners
Newsletter Article January 10, 2024

Grants to Community-Based Organizations Aim to Strengthen Workforce-Aligned Training Pathways for Rural Learners

Over the past two years, the federal government has invested billions of dollars to create good-paying jobs as part of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” framework. Additional legislation, like the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS and Science Act, aim to create millions of new jobs through investments in clean energy and advanced manufacturing. Collectively, this legislation generates opportunities for rural learners seeking good jobs. It also accelerates the need for rural training pathways that prepare these learners.

Newsletter Article January 08, 2024

Ascendium Welcomes Three Members to Education Philanthropy Team

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is pleased to announce the arrival of three accomplished professionals to our team. Join us in welcoming Dr. Brittany Corde, Vinya Cherian Hershberger, and Rachel Rogahn. Each contributes unique skills and experiences to strengthen our commitment to driving impactful, systemic change that improves the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article December 22, 2023

Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training Trends We’re Watching in 2024

Part of being a reflective funder is listening to our grant partners and tracking the evolving needs of learners from year to year. With 2024 underway, we’re seeing notable trends across postsecondary education, including statewide efforts to align postsecondary education and the workforce and continued concerns about the return on investment of college necessitating more flexible models of delivery. Remaining aware of these trends allows us to tailor our grantmaking for meaningful impact.

Ascendium in the News December 21, 2023

In this shrinking Mississippi Delta county, getting a college degree means leaving home behind

As part of the Rural News Networks’ “Rural Realities: Education, Workforce, and Progress” series, this article traces the economic and generational effects of one Mississippi county’s lack of access to primary and postsecondary education. By focusing on the feedback loop between education access and good jobs, it provides a powerful example of how important educational opportunities are for the long-term economic health of a geographical area and its residents.

Newsletter Article December 11, 2023

Partners Reflect on Progress from Ascendium’s Rural Learner Success Initiative

Since March, seven grant partners have been engaged in work through Ascendium’s Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success initiative. They’ve been busy generating an array of research that advances the understanding of rural learners and the postsecondary education and workforce training pathways that best serve them. These partners recently convened to discuss their work and reflect on the progress they are making in their research.

Newsletter November 27, 2023

Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Ascendium Acts on Grant Partner Feedback, and More

  • Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Dr. Janice Hicks
  • Ascendium Acts on Grant Partner Feedback to Refine Philanthropic Practices
  • New Resources Aim to Increase Understanding of CBE Program Designs
Newsletter Article October 30, 2023

Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Dr. Janice Hicks

Ascendium is pleased to welcome Dr. Janice Hicks to our Education Philanthropy team as our new deputy director of education grantmaking. Janice will support grantmaking across portfolios focused on strategies to transform postsecondary education institutions and systems to better serve learners from low-income backgrounds.

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