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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Independent Colleges of Indiana and Ascend Indiana form strategic alliance to prepare Indiana college students and employers for the state’s changing workforce demands

2021-04-05T16:44:36-04:00July 17, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2019) ─ Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), the state’s association of 30 private non-profit colleges and universities, and Ascend Indiana are announcing the formation of a strategic alliance that will enhance connections between students and employers in order to meet the changing demands in the Indiana labor market. Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), will work with ICI member institutions to guide students through their internship and job search process, while helping them understand how their skills align with the opportunities available at employers across the state. ICI and Ascend have agreed to: Assist students in navigating the Indiana labor market through the Ascend Network, a one-of-a-kind online talent platform that combines technology and personalized guidance to support students through their internship or job search. Support from the [...]

Ascend Indiana receives McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund global award for bridging Indiana’s talent gap

2021-04-05T16:44:36-04:00June 11, 2019|

New York, NY, June 11, 2019 ––The McNulty Foundation announced the 2019 recipients of the McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund, which supports organizations at critical junctures across the world in tackling the challenges of our time. Given in partnership with the Aspen Institute, the Fund is awarding $75,000 in total to five exceptional organizations that have demonstrated significant momentum in the early stages of their development, with great potential to scale or deepen their impact. The 2019 recipients are pioneering solutions to challenges in their communities: from supporting Ghana’s elders so they can age with dignity; providing job training and mental healthcare to Salvadorans with violent pasts; building an accountable ecosystem for nonprofits in the Middle East; bridging Indiana’s talent gap, to giving life-changing artificial limbs to children in war-torn Syria. All are creating positive change for individuals and communities throughout the [...]

New program will increase the number of licensed clinical social workers to meet the growing need for treatment as Indiana’s opioid epidemic persists

2021-04-05T16:44:36-04:00February 13, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (February 13, 2019) ─ As the Indiana opioid crisis continues, there is a shortage of trained behavioral health professionals to ensure those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) receive treatment. To help address this gap, Community Health Network is launching a program that will prepare more licensed clinical social workers to provide treatment in central Indiana, while also improving the quality of the training they receive to better serve patients. The program provides a model that can be replicated in communities across the state. The Community Behavioral Health Academy – a partnership between Community Behavioral Health at Community Health Network, the Indiana University School of Social Work-IUPUI Campus (IUSSW), the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) and Ascend Indiana – prepares students for dual licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). This will grow [...]

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