Our Approach

Connecting skilled talent with the right employers

Ascend Indiana strives to ensure every Indiana employer has access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen has the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career path. This work comes at a critical inflection point as the nation continues to evolve from an industrial to an information-based economy, fundamentally changing the way employers across all sectors operate and the people they hire. By 2020, millions of high-skill, high-wage jobs across the nation, many of which are in Indiana, will go unfilled, meaning missed growth opportunities for people and employers.

Ascend Indiana is a catalyst across industry sectors to help connect the supply of skilled talent to demand from employers through proven, scalable programs and innovative solutions.

Ascend's Vision

Every Indiana employer will have access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen will have the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career path.

Key Priorities

Ascend Indiana will focus on four key priority areas to achieve our vision.

1

Engage employers

Ascend will understand employer demand through in-depth needs assessments and real-time research tools.

2

Identify and connect talent

Ascend will build a robust network of skilled talent through direct recruitment efforts and partnerships with education providers and community organizations. Ascend’s personalized approach allows for more intelligent matches.

3

Build talent pipelines

Ascend will bring employers and education providers together to incubate and develop new talent programs.

4

Learn and continuously improve

Ascend will help to build a supportive ecosystem by conducting research and informing public policy.