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Rural Matters

Sep 29, 2022

In the first episode of our new series with Ascendium, Michael chats with the following experts on working toward stronger educational and workforce outcomes in rural communities: Kirstin Yeado, Program Officer at Ascendium; Jeffrey West, Executive Director of Education to Employment Partners; Dakota Pawlicki, Director of Talent Hubs at CivicLab; Justin Burch, National Director of Workforce and Small Business at Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); and Will Coppage, Executive Director of the Washington County Economic Alliance.

The group discusses goals surrounding achieving better postsecondary opportunities and outcomes, how they’re utilizing meaningful partnerships and working toward those objectives, creating pathways to educational and professional success, and much more. This episode, and the entire series, is sponsored by Ascendium. For more information, visit

To learn more about Ascendium’s research projects that address gaps in evidence for rural learner postsecondary education and workforce success, visit

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