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Rethinking Cluster Initiatives: Case Study of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership

July 25, 2018

This report takes a fresh look at the concept of industry clusters—groups of firms that gain a competitive advantage through local proximity and interdependence—and offers practical guidance for metropolitan leaders considering investments in cluster initiatives. CICP was featured as one of the five case studies in the report, which called it “one of the most impactful business and civic leadership organizations in the nation”. Within the case study, Ascend was highlighted as an innovative and research-driven approach to talent development across industry clusters. 

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Inside Indiana Business

Ascend Indiana Lands Funding

July 02, 2018

Business of Health reporter Barb Lewis interviewed Ascend to learn more about its vision, the success of its early talent pipelines, and the plan for $2.4M in additional funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. To provide an example of Ascend’s talent pipelines, Community Health Network Director, Beth Sims, joined to explain the value and expertise of Ascend in the creation of the Nursing Academy. This unique and scalable education model attracts new students to the nursing career pathway, simultaneously addressing the nursing shortage in central Indiana.  

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Indy Group Raises $9M in Effort to Fill Talent Gap

July 02, 2018

Hayleigh Colombo explores Ascend’s work throughout Indiana to more effectively match job seekers with open positions through the Ascend Network and fill talent shortages in critical industries with its Ascend Services. Ascend CEO Jason Kloth, Community Health Network Executive Vice President Jean Putnam, and Ascend Board Chairman Mark Hill explain the need for an organization like Ascend, the value that Ascend brings to the state, and the ambitious plans for scaling over the next few years.

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Huber, Klitzsch & Kloth Talk Indy Achieves

June 05, 2018

CEO Jason Kloth co-authors an op-ed with EmployIndy CEO, Angie Carr Klitzsch, and Indy Chamber CEO, Michael Huber, articulating the importance of the Mayor’s post-secondary initiative, Indy Achieves. As a function of the changing nature of work, new and existing jobs require increasing levels of educational attainment. Indy Achieves, which provides last-dollar scholarships and completion grants to encourage students and adults to earn their degree, is a first step in aligning our education system to the high-skill jobs of the 21st century economy.

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U.S. News & World Report

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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Press Releases

Ascend Indiana receives Lilly Endowment, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funding to grow strategic talent pipelines

June 22, 2018

Ascend Indiana announces an additional $2.4 million in funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to advance efforts to connect talent to Indiana employers. This funding will be used to bring together companies and higher education institutions to create custom talent pipelines, and to advance the Ascend Network, the cloud-based platform that combines algorithms with human interaction to match early-in-career talent to jobs and internships. 

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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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Central Indiana Corporate Partnership unveils new initiative brand, announces focus and $7 million in funding

October 25, 2016

The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) is unveiling the new brand, focus and fundraising efforts for its regional workforce development initiative. Ascend Indiana, CICP’s sixth initiative, is a cross-sector, industry-led organization that collaborates with corporate, education, and community partners to identify and address challenges within the talent pipeline. 

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Media and Press

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Kate Broshears
Vice President of External Relations
(317) 532-4786
kate.broshears@ascendindiana.com