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Ascendium in the News June 21, 2020

Rural LISC Announces $1.3 Million Investment from Ascendium Education Philanthropy to Connect Rural Workers to Education, Training and Jobs

Source: Rural LISC

Rural LISC is partnering with Ascendium Education Philanthropy on a new national collaborative to expand employment and incomes for people and businesses in rural communities.

Launched earlier this year, the Rural Works initiative includes a cohort of 10 seasoned workforce development organizations that connect unemployed and underemployed workers to the training, education and industry credentials they need to compete for quality jobs. Rural Works partners also build relationships with new employers, especially those in growth sectors, in order to expand the range of opportunities available to rural workers.

With a $1.3 million grant to Rural LISC, Ascendium is helping build the national capacity of the collaborative so that successful programs can be scaled up and replicated, and thereby support rural economic growth.

Rural Works’ partner agencies are tailoring workforce programs to local industries and employment challenges—including the COVID-19 unemployment crisis and the growth of remote and technology-based careers.

They particularly focus on communities working to overcome high rates of poverty and unemployment, including dozens of counties across Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Read the full article on Rural LISC.

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