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Improving Workforce Outcomes for Community College Students

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Social Finance|$180,000|2/2020 - 7/2020
This grant supports Social Finance in assessing strategies and approaches that workforce entities (including employers and workforce training providers) have used to establish successful partnerships with community colleges. The goals of this project are to identify effective strategies for developing employer partnerships that lead to long-term success for community college students, explore opportunities for sustainable and performance-based funding models for these partnerships and to highlight best practices and lessons for rural communities.

Development and Validation of a Compelling Income Share Agreement Program

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Partnership for Education Advancement|$50,000|1/2019 - 6/2020
This grant supports Education Finance Institute in designing and developing an income share agreement program that can best serve the broad needs of postsecondary students, including those attending four year institutions that focus on low income, first generation and disadvantaged populations and inter-generational mobility.

Ascendium-Sponsored Convening Fund

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Yes We Must Coalition|$95,000|1/2019 - 6/2020
This grant supports the Yes We Must Coalition in hosting a two-day convening in 2019 focused on employer engagement and building professional readiness into the student experience at their member institutions.

Creating Postsecondary Pathways for Thread Students

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Thread Inc|$277,000|7/2019 - 6/2020
This grants supports Thread in an effort to conduct a planning initiative to audit, strengthen, and codify their relationship-driven approach to supporting underserved young adults in five core postsecondary pathways: two-year degree completion, four-year degree completion, entrepreneurship, trade school/apprenticeships and straight-to-workforce.

Text Steps Summer Melt Texting

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Ben Castleman|$7,875|5/2018 - 5/2020
This grant supports Ben Castleman in providing consulting to the 13 Wisconsin public school districts participating in the Text Steps summer melt project.

Guided Pathways Inquiry

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Teachers College, Columbia University|$10,587|2/2020 - 4/2020
This grant supports the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in hosting a focus group of college leaders at the Dream conference. At this convening, college leaders will share their institution's experience implementing guided pathways and reflect on what information and support are needed to help other colleges on this journey.

Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship

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Wisconsin Technical College System|$271,500|8/2019 - 4/2020
This grant supports $1,500 scholarships awarded to up to 180 construction and industrial trade apprentices attending a Wisconsin Technical College System college during the spring 2020 semester.

Informing Wisconsin Grant Policy

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The RAND Corporation|$149,780|5/2018 - 3/2020
This grant supports RAND Corporation in conducting a study to estimate the effects of financial aid on various student subgroups in Wisconsin. The study will produce evidence on outcomes, overall effectiveness and allocative efficiency, with a focus on allocation of funds.

Rural Postsecondary Education Project

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R Street Institute|$50,000|5/2019 - 3/2020
This grant supports R Street Institute in conducting a rural postsecondary education and workforce landscape scan, highlighting relevant data, funders and programmatic efforts.

Ascendium-Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

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Wisconsin School Counselor Association|$38,495|11/2019 - 3/2020
This grant supports the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) in hosting 45 school counselors and Academic and Career Planning coordinators from rural areas of Wisconsin at WSCA's 55th Annual Conference, on February 18-20, 2020. WSCA will convene Fellows at a reception during the conference, and will collect and share their reflections afterward.