IIB: A New Model is Helping to Develop Workforce Development Strategies to Fill Talent Gaps

2021-04-05T16:44:54-04:00February 17, 2021|

In a recent Inside INdiana Business Perspectives article Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, and Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, discuss a 21st century talent model that can be replicated by employers to help fill a shortage of in-demand skilled workers. The free online Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit was developed by Ascend Indiana and funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)  

IIB: EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana Launch Modern Apprenticeship

2021-04-05T16:50:33-04:00February 4, 2021|

On a recent episode of Inside INdiana Business, EmployIndy Chief Strategy Officer Marie Mackintosh and Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez spoke with Gerry Dick about an exciting opportunity for high school students to prepare for the workforce thanks to a new apprenticeship model launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana. The organizations have started Modern Apprenticeship, a paid work-based learning experience that helps students earn a high school diploma, college credits and professional work experience. [WATCH] Read press release. [READ MORE]

Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy launch modern apprenticeship program for high school students in high-demand fields

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00October 27, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 27, 2020) – EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana today launched a new apprenticeship model for Indianapolis high school students to prepare them for the future in high-demand industries. Modern Apprenticeship (MAP) is a paid two- to three-year work-based learning experience with local employers, where students will emerge with a high school diploma, college credits, relevant credentials and professional experience. This pilot apprenticeship program starts during an Indianapolis student’s junior year of high school. Up to 30 students from five Indianapolis-area township school districts and charter schools* will be hired by one of 16 employers* representing a variety of growing, high-demand industries including information technology, financial services, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. Additional apprenticeship opportunities are also available in business operations including human resources, sales and marketing. Modern Apprenticeship enables high school students to attain soft skills, technical skills and relevant [...]

Brookings Institution: An Individualized Network for Connecting Talent With Jobs in Central Indiana

2021-04-05T16:45:58-04:00October 22, 2020|

The Brookings Institution has written a case study featuring the innovative program created by CICP talent and workforce development initiative Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy that provides a central location for dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities.  The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort by the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) comprised of nonprofits, employers, state agencies, and community organizations. At the request of Mayor Joe Hogsett, the RWP has turned its collaborative efforts toward a unified plan to assist residents of Indianapolis in getting back to work as quickly and safely as possible. [READ MORE]  

IIB: Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy launch Rapid Re-Employment Response

2021-04-05T16:46:08-04:00August 31, 2020|

More than 120,000 residents in Marion County filed for unemployment between March and June due to COVID-19, but a new resource launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for those dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an online technology platform called the Ascend Network. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training. On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business, Gerry Dick interviewed Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr-Klitzsch and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith-Jones about how the program works.[WATCH] (Source: Inside INdiana Business)

Rapid Re-Employment Response offers coordinated resources to assist dislocated workers in Marion County

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00August 25, 2020|

[WATCH] On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business, Gerry Dick interviewed Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr-Klitzsch and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith-Jones about the Rapid Re-Employment Response free online tool. INDIANAPOLIS (August 25, 2020) – More than 120,000 residents in Marion County filed for unemployment between March and June due to COVID-19, but a new resource launching today by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for those dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an online technology platform called the Ascend Network. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training. The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort [...]

IIB: College Graduates Have a Path Forward During Pandemic

2021-04-05T16:46:18-04:00July 29, 2020|

In a recent Perspectives article for Inside INdiana Business, Jason Kloth, president and CEO for Ascend Indiana, says "yes" there are definitely available jobs out there for recent college grads during the pandemic, and he presents a plan for pursuing those opportunities. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)

City, Indy Chamber, Ascend Indiana, EmployIndy launch talent initiative to connect employers with job seekers

2021-04-05T16:44:35-04:00May 6, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Chamber launched a new service in collaboration with EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana today to address immediate unemployment challenges in our regional workforce due to the impact of COVID-19. Rapid Response Talent augments existing services, focusing on the skills and experience of a job seeker, and organizing a talent pool that employers and employment partners with available positions can access based on the needs of their unfilled roles. By working together, lessons learned through this short-term initiative will inform and support the long-term workforce solutions of the Indy Chamber’s collaborators. “As the weeks go by, the topics of conversations we’ve held with businesses impacted by COVID-19 have evolved,” notes Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber. “Phase one was all about health, safety, and business model changes. Phase two has been focused on financial assistance, and we [...]

Ascend Indiana’s Co-Founder Stephanie Bothun Named to IBJ’s Forty Under 40 List

2021-04-05T16:44:36-04:00February 7, 2020|

It is with great honor that we announce Ascend Indiana’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategy Stephanie Bothun has been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s (IBJ) prestigious Forty Under 40 list. Stephanie co-founded Ascend Indiana along with Ascend President and CEO Jason Kloth in 2015 where the two spent 16 months with an incredible team and board creating what is now the sixth initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and is focused on talent and workforce development. In her role, Stephanie oversees the Ascend Services team, a consulting practice that serves as an intermediary between employers and education to address labor market and talent development gaps in Indiana. Ascend Services helps high-growth companies identify, evaluate, and secure education partners to build their custom talent pipelines. To this end, Stephanie and her talented team have built and launched [...]

Ascend Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College develop new career and employer-related support infrastructure; Program receives Lilly Endowment funding

2021-04-05T16:44:36-04:00February 3, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2020) - Lilly Endowment has made an $8 million grant to the Ivy Tech Foundation to support Ivy Tech Community College’s new statewide Career Coaching and Employer Connection (CCEC) program. This new, more strategic approach will emphasize comprehensive career readiness practices working alongside academic preparation throughout a student’s college experience. The new approach will transform Ivy Tech’s current Career Development structure and programs to focus on intentional career advising and employer engagement. “We are extremely grateful and honored for the investment the Lilly Endowment has made in Ivy Tech and our students,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “We have heard employers and have designed this program to ensure our graduates leave Ivy Tech career-ready, enter into available high-value, high-demand careers within local industry, and earn family-sustaining wages.” The new career and employer-related support infrastructure is based [...]

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