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Ascendium’s philanthropy is off to a fast start in 2023 with the recent approval of 34 grants totaling over $69 million. Included in these grants is support for initiatives to connect learners from low-income backgrounds with good jobs, strengthen conditions for partnerships to emerge between colleges and employers, invest in high-quality postsecondary education in prison systems and more.
- Postsecondary Education Trends We’re Watching in 2023
- Investing in IT Career Training Pathways Shows Promise for Adult Learners
- Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education Elevates Learner Voices
With 2022 in the rear view, Ascendium has kicked off the new year with optimism and excitement. We’ll continue to work closely with our grant partners and will be watching several postsecondary education trends in 2023. Future grant opportunities may be informed by the trends we see, especially if they connect to our goal of fostering upward mobility for learners from low-income backgrounds.
- A Personal Message from Amy Kerwin
- Reflections on Visiting Sing Sing, Plus Resources That Center Incarcerated Learners
- Fund for Workforce Equity Organizations Selected
Partnerships Help Offer Rural Learners In-Demand Career Credentials, Promising Caring Campus Results and More
- Local and Online Postsecondary Education Providers Partner to Offer In-Demand Career Credentials in Rural Areas
- Caring Campus Makes Student Success Everyone’s Business, With Promising Results
Although bachelor's degrees are traditionally earned at four-year institutions, 25 states have authorized community colleges to offer affordable bachelor's degrees. This expands opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds to achieve their career goals. In California, MiraCosta College has launched the nation’s first biomanufacturing bachelor’s degree. It’s partnerships with the industry ensure graduates are prepared to meet the workforce needs of Fortune 500 companies in biotechnology.
Despite mounting evidence pointing to the crucial role nonacademic staff play in removing cultural barriers to success, large-scale efforts to improve retention at community colleges and elsewhere typically focus little direct attention on interpersonal interactions between students and staff. That’s where Caring Campus comes in. Developed and administered by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), the program engages faculty and nonacademic staff in building a culture of belonging, with promising results.
New Investments Total $17 Million+ for Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training, Skills Training Programs and More
- Investments in Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training Among $17 Million+ in Recently Approved Grants
- Merit America Skills Training Programs Generate Upward Socioeconomic Mobility
Investments in Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training Among $17 Million+ in Recently Approved Grants
Ascendium recently approved nine new grants totaling over $17 million. These grants support a range of initiatives designed to help learners from low-income backgrounds, including developmental education reform, expanding pathways to upwardly mobile careers in information technology and the scaling of proven strategies to improve transfer outcomes.
- COVID-19 Transfer Data Reveals Trends that Can Inform Equity and Student Success Policies
- Engaging with Media Showcases Grant Partners’ Positive Impact on Inequity
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