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Expanded Programming from Operation Fresh Start Prepares Dane County Youth for Careers in Construction and Conservation

Madison, WI—The COVID-19 health crisis profoundly changed our local economies. This has been especially harmful to young people disconnected from work and school looking for career-track employment. Thankfully, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) is prepared to lend a helping hand. The Madison-area nonprofit, which celebrates its 5...

Madison-Area Nonprofit JustDane to Develop Hospitality Management Training Program for Residents Impacted by Incarceration

Madison, WI—As our local and national economies recover from a challenging 2020, at least one population is still being left behind. According to the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, nearly 1 in 3 people in the U.S. has a criminal record, and a report from the Ford Foundation indicates that lifetim...

Ascendium Education Group Releases 2020 Education Philanthropy Report: Empowering Possibilities

Madison, WI—Ascendium Education Group has released its 2020 Education Philanthropy report, Empowering Possibilities. The report tells the story of Ascendium’s philanthropy during an unprecedented time and the tremendous efforts of our grant partners who were able to advance their work despite numerous challenges.

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On the Path to Success: $375,000 in Tools of the Trade Scholarships Awarded by Ascendium Education Group

Madison, Wis.—For the eighth straight year, Ascendium Education Group has recognized the important role of apprenticeships in preparing students for in-demand jobs by providing scholarships through the Tools of the Trade Scholarship program. This year, Ascendium awarded a total of $375,000 in scholarships to 250 constructio...

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