Central Indiana Corporate Partnership initiatives receive Skill UP grants to advance talent programs in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 17, 2016) - The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) is announcing that three of its initiatives, the Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative, Conexus Indiana and TechPoint have been awarded Skill UP grants from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to advance programs aimed at retaining, attracting and developing talent.

The DWD awards the grants to community partnerships to develop training and education programs that align to employers' needs. DWD says the awarded programs will equip Hoosiers with the skills necessary to fill the one million jobs projected to be available over the next 10 years.

The three CICP initiatives, which focus on workforce development, advanced manufacturing and logistics and information technology respectively, will use the funds for the following programs:

Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative ($356,470)

  • The funding will facilitate a partnership with College for America to assist Central Indiana employers in upskilling their workforce by providing access to quality, high-demand credentials. College for America assists employees in furthering their education by reducing the time it takes to complete a degree and credentials at reduced costs. "Central Indiana faces challenges maximizing its economic potential, especially in developing a skilled workforce that meets the needs of employers," Jason Kloth, executive director of the Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative, said. "CICP is uniquely positioned to bring together partners across industry sectors, higher education and philanthropy to collectively address Central Indiana's workforce challenges, and funds from the Skill UP grant will help to achieve those goals."

Conexus Indiana ($942,325)

  • Conexus Interns: The initiative will expand its internship program to 115 students, who will be partnered with advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, where they will gain real-world experience and skills for career readiness.
  • Hire Tech Curriculum: Conexus looks to improve upon its existing high school curriculum to ensure that it continues to meet the ever-evolving needs of industry, captures lessons learned over four years, reflects best practices in digital curriculum and maximizes student engagement.

"We are fortunate to have the visionary leadership of the DWD which continues to deliver innovative talent development solutions for the State of Indiana," Claudia Cummings, Vice President for Education and Workforce at Conexus Indiana, said. "The Skill Up Indiana program is yet another example of the State's commitment to deliver and leverage successful workforce solutions to grow and maintain our position as a manufacturing and logistics powerhouse."

TechPoint ($631,453)

  • Xtern Bootcamp: TechPoint will expand its existing Xtern summer internship program to create high quality training and work-and-learn opportunities for less-experienced but high-potential Indiana college students.
  • Xtern and Tech Fellowship Curricula: TechPoint will leverage its research in identifying the precise workforce needs of both tech companies and tech-enabled companies to build professional and personal development curriculum for their Xterns and its new Tech Fellowship post-graduate program.

"Our Xtern and Tech Fellowship programs have been recruiting tech-skilled talent from dozens of universities across the country and placing them in more than 40 Indiana companies for world-class internship and post-grad work experiences," Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint, said. "This summer we will place 130 students in the Xtern program, but that leaves many more talented students who want to be here. This grant will help us extend the scale of our programs so that we can offer this incredible experience to more young talent, thus increasing Indiana's talent pipeline."

About Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP)

The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) was formed in 1999 to bring together the chief executives of Central Indiana's prominent corporations, foundations and universities in a strategic and collaborative effort dedicated to the region's continued prosperity and growth. To advance this mission, CICP sponsors six key economic development initiatives, AgriNovus Indiana, BioCrossroads, Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative, Conexus Indiana, Energy Systems Network and TechPoint, each of which addresses challenges and opportunities unique to its respective sector: agriculture innovation, life sciences, workforce development, advanced manufacturing and logistics, energy technology and information technology. CICP is also spearheading the development of the 16 Tech innovation community in downtown Indianapolis. To learn more about CICP, visit

About Ascend Indiana

Ascend Indiana exists to give every Indiana employer access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career path. 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. The organization collaborates with corporate, education, and community partners to identify and address challenges within the talent pipeline. To learn more visit,

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