WTCS: Ascendium grant will help close equity gaps

MadisonWI – Ascendium Education Group has awarded the next round of grants from its $10 million Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative, including a $150,000 grant to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

The initiative aims to sustain postsecondary education reform work and prevent equity gaps from widening amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintain Momentum grantees are membership organizations and networks that were chosen because their members substantially serve learners from low-income backgrounds, the target population of Ascendium’s philanthropy.

“As WTCS institutions focus on recovering from the pandemic, they risk losing momentum on student success reforms. This grant will allow WTCS to continue its reform efforts and work to close equity gaps, keeping each technical college engaged,” said Ascendium Vice President – Education Philanthropy Amy Kerwin.

Specifically, the Ascendium grant funding will allow WTCS institutions to advance important reforms, including data-informed decision-making, guided pathways and leadership development.

“Ascendium has been a visionary partner for us for many years,” said WTCS President Dr. Morna K. Foy. “As we continue our work to create meaningful opportunities for populations that have been historically underserved in higher education, Ascendium’s support is a difference maker,” Foy said.