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On the Path to Success: $375,000 in Tools of the Trade Scholarships Awarded by Ascendium Education Group
Ascendium Education Group is pleased to support 250 construction and industrial trade apprentices from 15 Wisconsin Technical Colleges this year as part of the Tools of the Trade Scholarship program. Each apprentice received $1,500 to assist with the cost of equipment, tools and clothing to keep them on the path to success.
Goldie Blumenstyk analyzes the new Transformational Partnerships Fund, designed to help postsecondary institutions better serve students through the exploration of partnerships and collaborations. Ascendium is one of four organizations that have partnered to co-fund this initiative.
Recommendations from Education Strategy Group’s Rapid Response Toolkit are highlighted as useful approaches to support adult learners in the economic recovery. The toolkit was co-funded by Ascendium and The Kresge Foundation.
The colleges were selected for Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work, a project of Achieving the Dream supported by Cognizant, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Walmart Foundation and Ascendium.
The Michigan Community College Association has received an Ascendium grant to improve equitable access to and through workforce programs for low-income learners statewide.
Ascendium has awarded a grant from its $10 million Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative to the Wisconsin Technical College System to continue its reform efforts and keep each technical college engaged.
A 26-year ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated learners has been lifted. A recently convened panel discussed the impact of ending the ban for incarcerated learners.
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the landscape of higher education, a new set of opportunities is presented here for bold improvement that levels the playing field for community college students hoping to earn at least a four-year degree.
Community college baccalaureates have grown over the past three decades. A new research project will focus on how these degrees affect equity and access in baccalaureate attainment and connections to the labor market.
Sixteen partnerships from 13 states representing 17 community colleges and 19 universities will participate in the Equity Transfer Initiative. This initiative aims to increase transfer rates for African-American, Hispanic, adult and first-generation learners through transfer coaching support.
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