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Rural Matters

Oct 5, 2021

In Part V of our landmark series on rural higher education and workforce development, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Asscendium Education Group, Michelle chats with Danielle Vetter, Senior Program Officer and Kirstin Yeado, Program Officer, at Ascendium Education Group, both supporting partnerships focused on rural education and workforce training; Emily Cole, a higher education researcher and a Project Director with Sova; and Dr. Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association (NREA). The riveting discussion focuses on Ascendium’s research initiatives, including its rural postsecondary education agenda and partnerships; themes and stories that informed the agenda; what rural leaders and communities can take away from the agenda; and NREA’s rural research projects. This episode and the entire series is sponsored  by the Ascendium Education Group, a nonprofit organization committed to helping learners from low-income backgrounds reach their educational and career goals.  For more information, visit