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News Release April 07, 2021

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.

Ascendium in the News March 17, 2021

The Edge: Could These New Grants End the Taboo Over Mergers and Partnerships?

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.

Ascendium in the News March 15, 2021

One Way to Speed Up Economic Recovery? Focus on Adult Higher Education

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. 

Ascendium in the News February 18, 2021

Seven Rural Community Colleges Join Effort to Boost Student Outcomes

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.

Ascendium in the News February 15, 2021

Michigan Community Colleges Receive Grant to Improve Programs Leading to In-Demand Jobs

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 in the News January 25, 2021

Ascendium Grant Will Help Close Equity Gaps

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.

Ascendium in the News January 22, 2021

Roundtable Explores the Potential Impact of Pell Grant Restoration for Incarcerated Students

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.

Ascendium in the News January 22, 2021

Introducing Tackling Transfer

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.

Ascendium in the News January 22, 2021

Supporting What Works: Building Evidence on the Community College Baccalaureate

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.

Ascendium in the News January 21, 2021

Partnerships Selected for Equity Transfer Initiative

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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