FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 6, 2023) —As part of its commitment to enhance students’ career opportunities, the University of Saint Francis heightens its partnership with Ascend Indiana.
Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, USF students can 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 USF students.
Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 3,000 Hoosiers with jobs and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 600 employers are currently using the Ascend Network.
“As USF continues to explore and increase ways to connect its students with career opportunities, partnering with Ascend Indiana opens additional doors. Ascend Indiana’s work complements the efforts of our Career Development Office to benefit our students,” USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer said.
The Ascend Network adds a robust resource to USF’s efforts to help students find jobs and internships that align with their career goals and provides a lens into the variety of companies and opportunities in the Hoosier state.
“It is critical for Indiana to retain more college students with relevant skills and abilities to meet employer demand for talent,” said Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana. “Partnering with educational institutions such as the University of Saint Francis is essential to equipping students with the necessary tools to get their career started here through an internship or early-in-career job, as well as to helping employers connect to the talent they need.”
The Ascend Network is a resource offered through USF Career Development and at no cost to students. Through the Network, students receive personalized job and internship recommendations that lead to meaningful careers in Indiana. During the job search, application and interview process, USF Career Development will continue to provide individualized support and educational resources, in partnership with Ascend. Students can find out more information here: https://ascendindiana.com/.
About Ascend Indiana:
An initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), Ascend Indiana is committed to making Indiana a place of economic opportunity for all. Ascend connects job seekers to good and promising career opportunities through an innovative job matching platform, the Ascend Network; catalyzes partnerships and provides consulting services to meet high-demand workforce needs through Ascend Services; and conducts research through Ascend Insights to enable systems-level change that positively impacts individuals throughout the state. To learn more, visit ascendindiana.com.
University of Saint Francis:
Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences and the College of Arts, Sciences and Business. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the music technology program while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis, recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution, has 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships. Approximately 1,900 students from a broad geographic region attend USF. https://www.sf.edu/