Ascend Indiana names three industry leaders to its Board of Directors

2024-05-17T10:09:17-04:00May 17, 2024|

INDIANAPOLIS - Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), announced today three new members to its Board of Directors. Andrew Ball, co-CEO of West Lafayette, Ind.-based Henriott Group, and Teresa Wade, founder and owner of CFA Staffing, have joined the 32-member Ascend Indiana Board of Directors. Additionally, Christy Wilson, vice president of Talent Strategy at The Heritage Group, has been named to replace outgoing board member Kierstin Janik, chief talent officer of Heritage Construction and Materials. “Andrew, Teresa and Christy are exceptional additions to our board and will help expand not only Ascend Indiana’s geographic reach across the state but bring additional voices and perspectives to our talent development work,” said Brad Rhorer, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana. Andrew Ball joined Henriott Group in 2019 and later became co-CEO along with [...]

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College partners with Ascend Indiana to help students with career and internship searches while providing one-on-one support

2024-03-06T14:12:23-05:00March 6, 2024|

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) has formed a partnership with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to good and promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, SMWC students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, this partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring SMWC students. Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 5,000 Hoosiers with jobs, internships and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 750 employers are currently using the Network and more than 50% of the candidates on the Network are from underrepresented backgrounds. Martha Reed, interim director of the Career Center at SMWC [...]

Purdue University partners with Ascend Indiana to help students with career and internship searches while providing one-on-one support

2024-02-15T10:29:14-05:00February 15, 2024|

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has formed a partnership with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to good and promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, Purdue University students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, this partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring Purdue students. Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 4,700 Hoosiers with jobs, internships and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 740 employers are currently using the network, and more than 50% of candidates on the network are from underrepresented backgrounds. “The quality of life that one experiences while living and working in [...]

Anderson University establishes partnership with Ascend Indiana

2024-02-06T11:16:00-05:00February 6, 2024|

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University has formed a partnership with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to good and promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, AU students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, this partnership provides Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring AU students. Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 4,700 Hoosiers with jobs, internships, and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 740 employers are currently using the network and more than 50 percent of the candidates on the network are from underrepresented backgrounds. “AU is excited to partner with Ascend Indiana to better support our [...]

Indiana leaders form coalition to build, grow youth apprenticeship

2024-01-23T08:25:38-05:00January 23, 2024|

Business, education, government and philanthropic leaders join forces to help solve workforce development crisis INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 Indiana leaders, including corporate CEOs, university presidents, K-12 superintendents and state government officials, have joined a coalition to develop a statewide modern youth apprenticeship system in Indiana as one potential solution to the state’s mounting workforce crisis. The group recently kicked off a 10-month Implementation Lab (referred to as an iLab), an intensive collaborative that will result in a comprehensive, statewide plan to increase the number of available modern youth apprenticeships. The youth apprenticeship model allows 11th grade high school students to participate in a three-year, paid work-and-learn program. The apprenticeship culminates in a high school diploma, college credit and an industry credential, while at the same time preparing students for in-demand careers. CEMETS iLab Indiana is the brainchild of Ursula [...]

Ascend Indiana names new President and CEO and New Board Chair

2023-12-21T08:17:18-05:00December 21, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS – The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and Ascend Indiana announce that Conexus Indiana COO and Chief Talent Officer Brad Rhorer has been named president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, CICP’s talent and workforce development initiative, and will succeed Jason Kloth in January. Concurrently, Board Vice Chair Bridget Boyle, head of people and culture for Roche Diagnostics, has been named chair of the Ascend Board of Directors, succeeding founding chair Mark Hill, who will step down at the beginning of the year. In October, Ascend Indiana announced that President and CEO Jason Kloth would step down on January 1, 2024. Kloth helped to create the talent and workforce development initiative nearly nine years ago and grew it into an organization that received more than $50 million in philanthropic funding since its inception in 2016 and has connected more than 4,700 [...]

Ascend Indiana collaborates with 14 Indiana colleges and universities to help students enhance their search for jobs and internships statewide

2023-12-14T09:24:29-05:00December 14, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS – Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), formed partnerships with 14 Indiana colleges and universities in 2023 to connect more students to good and promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, students will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests and will receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. In addition, these partnerships provide Indiana’s leading employers with a unique platform for hiring students. The 14 collaborator agreements are with the following Indiana colleges and universities: Ball State University (Muncie) Butler University (Indianapolis) Calumet College (Hammond) Earlham College (Richmond) Goshen College (Goshen) Grace College (Winona Lake) Hanover College (Hanover) Holy Cross College (Notre Dame) Indiana State University (Terre Haute) Indiana Wesleyan [...]

Ball State University partners with Ascend Indiana to assist students with career and internship searches

2023-12-12T08:15:57-05:00December 12, 2023|

MUNCIE, Ind. (Dec. 12, 2023) – Ball State University’s Office of Industry Engagement has partnered with Ascend Indiana to connect more students to promising career opportunities in Indiana. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, Ball State students can connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skillsets and interests and receive increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. The network adds a resource to the University’s robust efforts to help students find jobs and internships that align with their career goals and provides insight into companies and the variety of prospects in the Hoosier State. “We are grateful to form a partnership with Ascend Indiana to help provide more opportunities for our students in Indiana,” said Jeff Eads, director for industry engagement at Ball State. “In addition to the Indiana Connection Lounge and the [...]

Ascend Indiana receives $2.45 million in grants to advance youth apprenticeships statewide

2024-01-19T15:48:39-05:00December 4, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 4, 2023) – Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), has received a $1.7 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation and a $750,000 grant from the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) to scale youth apprenticeship programs across Indiana. Ascend acts as an intermediary, assisting organizations to start youth apprenticeship programs by building capacity, sharing resources, and providing access to state and national partners. The grant from the Walton Family Foundation was awarded to CICP Foundation, Inc. to advance the charitable activity of Ascend Indiana, and will establish a second cohort of five sites statewide that will each receive $25,000 to design their youth apprenticeship pilots. A subset of those sites will be chosen to receive follow-on funding to launch their youth apprenticeship pilots as part of the Indiana [...]

Jason Kloth, Ascend Indiana president and CEO, to step down

2023-10-24T09:20:16-04:00October 24, 2023|

Jason Kloth, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana INDIANAPOLIS – Ascend Indiana today announced that President and CEO Jason Kloth, will step down on January 1, 2024. Kloth who helped to create the talent and workforce development organization nearly nine years ago, will serve in a consulting capacity after the first of the year to ensure a smooth transition. In addition to consulting for Ascend, CICP, and others, Kloth plans to focus on his family and spending more time with his two young children. Ascend Indiana is an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). “Jason and his talented team have created an organization built on values that have led to impactful work in helping thousands of Hoosiers find jobs, internships and apprenticeships,” said Mark Hill, managing partner of Collina Ventures, and founding chairman of the Ascend Indiana [...]

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