National effort to improve rural higher education and workforce systems update

LAWRENCE COUNTY – The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council was chosen by CivicLab as one of five rural partnerships across the U.S. to participate in a two-year initiative to improve higher education and workforce systems.

Supported by Ascendium Education Group, LCEGC is receiving training, technical assistance, and direct financial support valued at $150,000 to develop and implement system-level strategies that create pathways to prosperity for low-income learners.

The guiding team returned to Columbus, on April 24-26, 2022 for an Equitable Systems Building Design Lab where tools, frameworks, and work sessions were held to build our ability to dissolve social problems by redesigning the underlying system. Our guiding team has continued to meet every two weeks to provide refinement of our proposed work plan and partnership.