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The Worker Retraining Challenge

February 07, 2018

Jobs worldwide are at risk of being automated by 2030 but the labor market upheaval caused by rapidly advancing technologies should still have a happy ending. The inevitable march of mechanization will likewise spur greater productivity and create a boom that leads to an even greater number of new jobs. But there's a big caveat to reaching that win-win scenario: retraining and public assistance programs at an unprecedented level will be needed. The Brookings Institution's Mark Muro points to Ascend as a state-level solution. 

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Worried About Robots Taking Your Job? Learn Spreadsheets

November 22, 2017

A new study from the Brookings Institution examines how technology is changing American jobs. The study suggests workers are most immediately challenged by more common digital technology as opposed to robots and automation. Using government data on work tasks to track how use of digital tools changed in a wide range of occupations, Brookings found the use of digital technology, such as computers and spreadsheets, became more important to occupations of all kinds.

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Indiana Governor Touts 2018 Agenda Focused on Job Training

November 22, 2017

Governor Holcomb’s 2018 agenda pushes a strong focus on job training and the fight against the opioid crisis to improve Indiana’s workforce.

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South Bend Tribune

Training more addiction specialists critical in Indiana's opioid epidemic

April 22, 2017

The Fairbanks Foundation announced an initiative to help fill the gap of addiction treatment professionals in Indiana. The foundation’s $376,000 grant will support Ascend Indiana, a workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, in developing a formally recognized program for clinical social work that will focus on the treatment of substance-use disorder.

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New talent pipeline will help address Indiana's significant unmet need for opioid addiction treatment

April 13, 2017

As Indiana’s opioid epidemic surges, our state faces a massive shortage of trained specialists who can help those struggling to overcome heroin and prescription drug addiction. To fill this gap and help put more Hoosiers on a path to recovery, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation today announced a grant to develop a unique model for training licensed clinical social workers who specialize in substance abuse counseling.

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