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Gen Z views traditional college path as old school

December 2, 2020

Todd Steele, president of ECMC Education, shared an article on ECMC Group’s Medium page discussing the results of our Question The Quo surveys and the need for employers and educators to align with the incoming generation’s needs and wants for work and education.

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Breaking down organizational silos: 11 tactics for nonprofits

The following article is from Forbes

December 1, 2020

Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group, was quoted as part of an article asking nonprofit leaders about the most effective tactics for breaking down organizational silos and increasing communication.

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How to get FAFSA completion help during COVID-19

The following article is from U.S. News & World Report

November 19, 2020

ECMC’s Jennifer Satalino was interviewed as part of a story about how students can receive help completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the pandemic.

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Evaluate post‐COVID‐19 threats to higher education

The following article is from Wiley Online Library

November 19, 2020

Results from ECMC Group’s Question The Quo survey asking teens about their future plans and education were cited as part of an article discussing how education will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Statewide higher ed messaging campaign launches "123Go!" Steps to college video

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Press Release

November 19, 2020

To mark Virginia College Application Week, The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) launched a statewide video featuring college students encouraging high schoolers to attend some form of postsecondary education after graduation. The video is based around SCHEV’s and ECMC’s 1-2-3 Go! initiative, which provides a series of informational events and resources to help students make informed decisions about their education after high school.

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Taking a multi-pronged approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in business

The following article is from Medium

November 11, 2020

ECMC Group's Iris Cumberbatch and Sarah Strehl wrote an article for ECMC Group's Medium page about our framework to develop diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

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Postsecondary instructors need innovative supports,now and always

November 9, 2020

Jennifer Erpelding, ECMC Education's vice president of academic affairs, discusses the need to support instructors through strategies such as instructional coaching in a time when the value and quality of higher education is in question.

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Welcome to the era of HR

October 30, 2020

Sarah Strehl, chief human resources officer for ECMC Group, sat down with Salo to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has caused the role of human resources to be even more critical to the success of an organization.

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PRNEWS platinum awards: ECMC Group COVID-19 response

October 28, 2020

ECMC Group was named the winner of the PRNEWS Platinum Award in the Employee Communications category for its COVID-19 pandemic response and employee outreach.

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What do VR and online communities have in common?

October 14, 2020

Using technology to create personalized and productive learning experiences

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Steele: Surveys show Generation Z seeks different education paths. It's time we showed them all their options

The following article is from 74 Million

October 1, 2020

Todd Steele, president of ECMC Education, shares his perspective on the findings of ECMC Group's Question The Quo survey data and its implications for educators.

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ECMC Foundation to distribute $500,000 to fund educational solutions that advance racial equity

September 30, 2020

ECMC Foundation announced today that it will distribute $500,000 to 37 nonprofit organizations nationwide to advance racial equity in education.

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ECMC Education partners with woman in HVACR to support career pathways for women

September 22, 2020

ECMC Education today announced a partnership with Women in HVACR (WHVACR) to support career pathways for women in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

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The complete guide to federal student loan repayment

The following article is from Centsai

September 19, 2020

You're just months away from graduating and staring down the barrel of tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.

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Unlocking Gen Z

The following article is from Medium

September 18, 2020

Covid-19 and the year 2020 constitute their "generation-defining moment".

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How nonprofits can help students question the status quo

The following article is from Forbes

September 18, 2020

Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group, shared an article about how education and careers will be impacted by the pandemic and steps nonprofits can take to bring our "question the quo" ethos to their organization.

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Amid economic meltdown, we must reimagine the university

The following article is from University World News

September 12, 2020

Beginning with the first pandemic near modern-day Port Said, in north-eastern Egypt in 541 CE, pandemics have been, by their very nature, disruptive and tend to produce long-lasting change.

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ECMC offers tips to navigate the path to college in the current COVID-19 environment

September 9, 2020

Despite an uncertain back-to-school season, high school seniors still need to make plans for their postsecondary education journey.

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Volunteers paint Minneapolis educator's home

The following article is from KSTP

August 26, 2020

Volunteers are working to make the home of a Minneapolis educator a little brighter.

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CoolSys partners with ECMC Education to launch online HVAC-R technician training program

August 26, 2020

As it expands its growing team of HVAC-R technicians, CoolSys™, a parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC services companies nationwide, has partnered with ECMC Education to launch a multi-faceted, online training program for its technicians.

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Richfield veteran's home painted

August 14, 2020

ECMC Group employees helped freshen a local veteran's home with a new coat of paint.

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ECMC to serve as third-party guarantor servicer for Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

August 3, 2020

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) announced today that it has completed the conversion of $12.3 billion in loan guarantees from the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD).

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The impact of COVID-19 on Generation Z and its vision of the future of education

The following article is from Observatory of Educational Innovation

July 13, 2020

To find out if Generation Z students were interested in pursuing a traditional college education at the end of high school, the Corporation for Educational Credit Management (ECMC) and VICE Media launched "Question The Quo."

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OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation conference to host virtual startup track

July 9, 2020

gener8tor, in partnership with ECMC Group and ECMC Foundation, announced that it will host the OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Conference virtually on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

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Dan Fisher named president of ECMC

July 8, 2020

ECMC Group has named Dan Fisher president of its affiliate, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), effective July 1.

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ECMC awards $264,000 in college scholarships to 44 students in Virginia

July 7, 2020

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is proud to recognize 44 high school graduates from the class of 2020 who completed the ECMC Scholars Program.

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ECMC awards $294,000 in college scholarships to 49 students in Oregon

July 7, 2020

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is proud to recognize 49 high school graduates from the class of 2020 who completed the ECMC Scholars Program.

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ECMC awards $270,000 in college scholarships to 45 students in Connecticut

July 7, 2020

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) is proud to recognize 45 high school graduates from the class of 2020 who completed the ECMC Scholars Program.

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The White House endorsed skills-based hiring. Why aren't workforce wonks more excited?

July 2, 2020

The idea that employers should hire workers because of their skills, not just their credentials, got a signal boost last week from the White House.

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Finalists for 2020 Twin Cities CIO of the Year Orbie Awards include top tech execs from HealthPartners, Red Wing Shoes, more

The following article is from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

June 26, 2020

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and TwinCitiesCIO have named the 2020 finalists for our annual Twin Cities CIO of the Year Orbie Awards.

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APDS, which provides educational opportunities to inmates, raises $5 million

The following article is from the New York Business Journal

June 26, 2020

APDS, which provides tablets to incarcerated inmates for learning purposes, said it's raised $5 million in a Series B funding round. The round was co-led by previous investors New Markets Venture Partners and ReThink Education, as well as a first-time investment from ECMC Group's Education Impact Fund.

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Report: Gen Z open to nontraditional education

The following article is from Inside Higher Ed

June 25, 2020

Students in Generation Z believe that higher education is important, but many are interested in taking alternative routes to the traditional four-year degree, according to a new study.

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Generation Z views traditional college path as old school

June 24, 2020

ECMC Group Study Finds Majority of High School Students Regard Education as Important to Their Future; Just 23 Percent Believe a Four-Year College is the Only Path to a Good Job

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Career schools provide roadmap for rising to COVID's educational challenges

The following article is from Medium

June 17, 2020

ECMC Group President and CEO Jeremy Wheaton shares how career and technical education can serve as a roadmap to position postsecondary institutions for the immediate future while creating a transformational change.

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99 nonprofits to receive funding from ECMC Foundation employee-nominated grant program

GO! Program to provide $870,000 in much-needed funding for nonprofit organizations

June 17, 2020

Ninety-nine nonprofit organizations will receive funding from ECMC Foundation as part of an annual program designed to give back to the communities where employees live and work.

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ECMC Group responds to the death of George Floyd

June 9, 2020

We are heartbroken and frustrated over the senseless death of George Floyd in our home city of Minneapolis. Our hearts go out to Mr. Floyd's family and friends.

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Honoring mental health month by supporting students in need

Featured on Medium and eCampus News

May 29, 2020

Paula Craw, vice president of student success and outreach for ECMC, and Sarah Belnick, senior program director of college success at ECMC Foundation, co-authored an article about the shared responsibility to make access to education and basic needs support more equitable.

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Late-deadline scholarships still open to applicants

The following article is from U.S. News & World Report

May 18, 2020

ECMC's Jan Smith was quoted in an article about scholarships with extended deadlines in response to the coronavirus.

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New federal student debt payments benefits in effect because of COVID-19 pandemic, here's how they work

The following article is from WAFB

May 18, 2020

Lori Auxier, director of student success at ECMC, was interviewed by a local TV affiliate in Louisiana to discuss benefits of the CARES Act for student debt repayers.

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15 leadership lessons for nonprofits navigating a crisis

This article is from Forbes

May 12, 2020

Jeremy Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group, was quoted as part of an article that asked nonprofit leaders lessons they're currently learning about navigating the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to appeal college financial-aid decisions

The following article is from The Wall Street Journal

May 8, 2020

The coronavirus and economic downturn will make it easier for parents to make a case to appeal their financial-aid awards. But it also means the competition for aid will be greater. ECMC's Jan Smith and other financial literacy experts provide tips on what those considering an appeal need to do.

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McSherry scholarship winners announced

Funds benefit Totino-Grace high school students pursuing career and technical education

May 6, 2020

ECMC Group, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit focused on helping students succeed, announced today the winners of the Sue and Chip McSherry Scholarship.

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BoostVC closes $40M fund as revamped 'Sci-Fi' accelerator preps for digital demo day

The following article is from TechCrunch

April 24, 2020

BoostVC has just closed a $40 million fund — its fourth and largest to date — to bankroll future batches of startups going through its accelerator. The new fund is backed by Devonshire Investors and ECMC Group.

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ECMC Group's Matt Mikulski appointed to Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education

April 14, 2020

Matt Mikulski, vice president of internal audit for ECMC Group, has been appointed to the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education.

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Ascendium Education Solutions to utilize ECMC software platform

April 8, 2020

Ascendium Education Group, Inc. on behalf of its guaranty agency affiliate Ascendium Education Solutions (AES) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) to utilize ECMC's technology platform in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model to assist borrowers with Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans.

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How the coronavirus is prompting higher-ed grantmakers to change course

April 1, 2020

This reporter spoke to a variety of higher education grantmakers and others in the industry about how their strategies have changed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Peter Taylor, president of ECMC Foundation, was interviewed.

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Here's how to break down your college financial aid award letter

The following article is from CNBC

March 30, 2020

National college scholarships may turn students into "little fish in a big pond." Instead, ECMC's Jan Smith and other financial literacy experts say local scholarships may often offer less competition and a greater chance for success.

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Let's make the 2020's the decade of career and technical education

The following article was written by Jeremy Wheaton, President and CEO of ECMC Group, and published by Forbes

February 28, 2020

ECMC Group CEO Jeremy Wheaton contributed an article about the importance of taking action to support career and technical education. Jeremy is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.

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ECMC Group gives back through doing day

February 26, 2020

ECMC Group employees spent part of the day building 1,000 kits for six local nonprofit organizations. More than 75 employees participated in the volunteer event.

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Student aid secret: even high-income families can qualify

The following article is from CNBC

February 21, 2020

Jennifer Satalino, director of ECMC's The College Place-Oregon, is quoted in an article about financial aid award letters and how many families assume they won't qualify for aid because of their income level.

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Minneapolis downtown council names ECMC Group's Sarah Strehl to board of directors

February 20, 2020

Sarah Strehl, chief human resources officer for ECMC Group, has been appointed to the board of directors for the mpls downtown council (mdc).

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Investing in women-led edtech startups is more than a matter of equity. It's also good business.

The following article is from EdSurge

February 12, 2020

Jessica Haselton wrote an article discussing the importance of investing early in education technology found-hers.

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Here's how to break down your college financial aid award letter

The following article is from CNBC

February 12, 2020

ECMC's Jennifer Satalino was interviewed for this article, which advises that families should consider the kind of financial aid that is being offered to them and the conditions that apply before deciding on a college.

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gener8tor and ECMC partner for OnRamp Education & Workforce Accelerator

The following article is from Minne Inno

February 4, 2020

Education nonprofit ECMC Group announced Friday that it is partnering with gener8tor to establish the OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator, a Twin Cities program that will mentor and support innovative companies in the education technology space.

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Explore Career and Technical Education

February 3, 2020

Career and technical education (CTE) involves educational programs that provide students with the technical and professional skills to succeed in the workplace and throughout their career. Learn more about this educational pathway and potential careers.

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ECMC Group teams up with gener8tor to accelerate education and workforce innovation

New OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator to invest in startups; annual education & workforce innovation conference coming to the twin cities

January 31, 2020

To invest in the next generation of education & workforce technology and innovation, ECMC Group has joined forces with gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator, to establish the OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator.

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ECMC dispels financial aid myths as college-bound students receive award letters

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

January 30, 2020

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and also a time when many college-bound students will be receiving award letters outlining financial aid packages from prospective colleges.

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Digital transformation – what's in a name?

The following article is from CIO Review

January 27, 2020

ECMC Group's Rahoul Ghose provides his perspective on what digital transformation means for businesses and how to support technology success now and in the future.

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ECMC Group's DeeDee Gorman appointed to the Page Education Foundation advisory board

January 13, 2020

DeeDee Gorman, senior community relations specialist for ECMC Group, has been appointed to the advisory board for the Page Education Foundation.

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"Five things that should be done to improve the U.S. Education System" with Jeremy Wheaton, CEO of ECMC Group

The following article is from the Medium/Authority Magazine

January 8, 2020

Jeremy Wheaton participated in an interview series with higher education leaders talking about some of the top things that could improve the higher education system.

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ECMC Group introduces ECMC Education

New name reflects evolution of nonprofit provider of career and technical education

January 7, 2020

ECMC Group today announced that Zenith Education Group will become ECMC Education.

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