Ascend Indiana’s Stephanie Bothun Named 2023 Presidential Leadership Scholar

2023-01-13T09:06:04-05:00January 13, 2023|

Stephanie Bothun, vice president and co-founder of Ascend Indiana, has been named one of 60 Scholars who will form the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ (PLS) eighth annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought togethe r to collaborate and create meaningful change in the United States and around the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson and their administrations. The class was selected after a rigorous application and review process. Scholars were chosen based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a critical challenge or need in a community, profession, or organization. Bothun co-founded Ascend Indiana, an initiative of [...]

Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy report shows a widening misalignment between job growth and educational attainment in Indiana post-pandemic

2022-11-14T10:35:46-05:00November 3, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 3, 2022) – A new report from Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy shows that as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions began to ease over time, a vast and permanent shift emerged showing that highly skilled, highly educated workers were the most in-demand, while at the same time, Indiana was seeing significant declines in postsecondary enrollment by Indiana residents. In addition, the report shows that equity gaps in postsecondary education are reflecting those found in the workforce. “As the labor market continues to change at a rapid pace, it is more important than ever for Indiana to produce and retain more college graduates with relevant and marketable knowledge, skills and abilities in order to obtain high-demand jobs being offered in growing numbers by employers,” said Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana. “It is even more evident that additional steps [...]

Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy receive a $6 million grant to scale Modern Youth Apprenticeship for high school students in Central Indiana

2022-06-28T10:08:17-04:00June 28, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2022) – Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), and EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board, have received $6 million for three years from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to support the scaling of Modern Youth Apprenticeship (MAP) in Marion County. In addition, the grant will help to enhance the connection between employers and education providers to enable expansion of youth career pathways in the state. MAP is a three-year work-based learning experience starting in high school that combines paid employment, on-the-job learning, related academics, aligned college credit, and industry-recognized credentials. Ascend will receive $4 million to provide project oversight and systems leadership. EmployIndy will receive $2 million to continue implementation of the MAP program. “We’re incredibly grateful for the continued leadership and partnership of the Richard M. Fairbanks [...]

IU, Purdue partner with Ascend Indiana to grow state’s economy, increase ‘brain gain’

2022-01-12T08:39:26-05:00January 10, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 10, 2022) -- Indiana's top two public research universities are joining forces to keep more graduates in the state and fill the Hoosier talent pipeline with highly skilled workers. Indiana University and Purdue University have partnered with Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Through the Ascend Network, the initiative's online job matching platform, IU and Purdue will be able to more effectively connect students with Indiana career opportunities that match their skill sets and interests, as well as offer increased one-on-one career guidance and job search support. This partnership provides Indiana's leading employers with a unique platform for hiring the state's college students for internships and jobs. Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 2,200 Indiana college students and recent graduates with jobs and internships in all sectors across the [...]

Ascend Indiana enhances Network job platform in preparation for statewide expansion, raises more than $23 million

2021-11-03T09:42:40-04:00November 3, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 3, 2021) – Ascend Indiana has raised $23.8 million to expand its organization and enhance the infrastructure for the Ascend Network, its proven online job platform that helps job seekers find a job, internship, or training opportunity in Indiana that matches their interests and skills. The Network features open roles at over 550 employers in the state and, through its collective efforts, has directly connected more than 2,300 individuals with their next career opportunity. The updated Network infrastructure, which includes improved accessibility for those with disabilities, makes it easier and more efficient for users to find a job. It also enables Ascend Indiana to expand statewide partnerships that would serve additional employers and job seekers across Indiana. “Over the last year and a half, the employment landscape in Indiana has changed drastically, from the record high unemployment rates [...]

Ascend Indiana announces youth apprenticeship awards to establish a network of postsecondary career pathways for students in Indiana

2021-10-01T11:22:49-04:00September 29, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 29, 2021) – Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), has announced awards of $115,000 each to bolster three regional youth apprenticeship efforts in Indiana. Through generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ascend is working alongside the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) at New America to provide awards and technical support through the Indiana Youth Apprenticeship Accelerator (Accelerator) initiative. PAYA is a national consortium of organizations supporting states and cities in their efforts to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for high school-aged youth. Ascend will provide seed funding and technical assistance to Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (Indiana Uplands), OptIN/Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Foundation (Southern Indiana), and Hamilton County Center for Career Achievement (Hamilton County) to advance a high-quality and scalable youth apprenticeship system in the state. These awardees will [...]

Indiana helps expand youth apprenticeships statewide with new national funding partnership

2021-08-04T10:30:15-04:00June 3, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 3, 2021) – Ascend Indiana is expanding its efforts to provide high school students with new high-quality college and career apprenticeship pathways that impart the foundational skills, experiences, social capital and credentials they need to thrive in a rapidly changing economy. Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), is spearheading a coordinated effort of statewide leaders to guide the expansion of youth apprenticeships in Indiana. To advance these efforts, Ascend has received $1 million in support from Bloomberg Philanthropies – part of a $2 million statewide investment through the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) – to support state and local partners across Indiana. This investment will strengthen and grow the regions in Indiana working to launch and scale youth apprenticeship programs that meet the needs of both Indiana youth [...]

Ascend Indiana, IEDC to build on the Indy Autonomous Challenge to attract and retain top tech talent

2021-05-25T12:48:15-04:00May 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2021) ─ Ascend Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are partnering to help attract and retain participants in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) in order to meet a growing need for tech talent in the state’s advanced industries. More than 500 students from 40 universities in 14 U.S. states and 11 countries, including two from Indiana, signed up to compete in the IAC. The IAC is the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking place on Oct. 23, 2021. The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s (CICP) energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are organizing the competition, which has a $1.5 million prize purse and has attracted the best and brightest university students and advisors from around the world. The IAC event enables participants to engage in [...]

EmployIndy, Ascend Indiana celebrate inaugural cohort of Modern Apprenticeship program at MAP Signing Day

2021-05-19T21:42:51-04:00May 15, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2021) – This morning at Ben Davis High School, 26 Central Indiana high school sophomores signed the Modern Apprenticeship certificate of acceptance to work as apprentices for 16 local employer partners*, piloting the first-ever cohort of EmployIndy’s Central Indiana youth apprenticeship program, Modern Apprenticeship. Of the 100+ students that expressed interest, these 26 apprentices were chosen among their peers to participate in Modern Apprenticeship, a two- to three-year paid experience launched in coordination with Ascend Indiana in Fall 2020. EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board, and Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), actively support the apprentices, employers, and general programmatic outcomes for Modern Apprenticeship. For the apprentices, the journey will officially kick off this summer as they attend a bootcamp to develop their employability skills and start their jobs [...]

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 [...]

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