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The Middle: Indianapolis [Documentary]

May 20, 2021

Ascend President & CEO, Jason Kloth, was interviewed for the documentary created by WorkingNation and Lumina Foundation about the state of the middle class - and its importance - in Indianapolis.

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Inside Indiana Business

Op Ed: A New Model is Helping to Develop Workforce Development Strategies to Fill Talent Gaps

February 04, 2021

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation President & CEO, Claire Fiddian-Green, and Ascend President & CEO, Jason Kloth, discuss the creation of a new toolkit to help employers develop custom talent pipelines where there are shortages of trained workers, such as professionals trained in Substance Use Disorder.

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Inside Indiana Business

Apprenticeship Pilot Program Aims to Fuel Workforce Pipeline

February 02, 2021

Ascend partners, EmployIndy and Indianapolis Airport Authority, discuss Modern Apprenticeship and the value it brings to Central Indiana high school students & employers.

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Forbes Technology Council

Race In Tech [Part Three - The Funnel]

February 01, 2021

Ascend and EmployIndy are recognized for creating a diverse talent pipeline through Modern Apprenticeship, a 2-3 year program for central Indiana high school students to gain work experience and earn college credit.

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Apprenticeship Program to Put Indy High School Students in Industries

December 04, 2020
Central Indiana high school sophomores will be able to graduate with college credits, job credentials, and professional experience through Modern Apprenticeship, an initiative of Ascend and EmployIndy.
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Press Releases

Ascend Indiana helps expand youth apprenticeships statewide with new national funding partnership

June 03, 2021

Ascend is expanding its efforts to provide high school students with new high-quality college and career apprenticeship pathways that impart the foundational skills, experiences, social capital and credentials they need to thrive in a rapidly changing economy. Ascend is spearheading a coordinated effort of statewide leaders to guide the expansion of youth apprenticeships in Indiana. To advance these efforts, Ascend has received $1 million in support from Bloomberg Philanthropies – part of a $2 million statewide investment through the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) – to support state and local partners across Indiana.

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Ascend Indiana, IEDC to build on the Indy Autonomous Challenge to attract and retain top tech talent

May 25, 2021

Ascend Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are partnering to help attract and retain participants in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) in order to meet a growing need for tech talent in the state’s advanced industries.

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EmployIndy, Ascend Indiana celebrate inaugural cohort of Modern Apprenticeship program at MAP Signing Day

May 17, 2021

On May 17, 2021, 26 Central Indiana high school sophomores signed the certificate of acceptance to work as apprentices for 16 local employer partners, piloting the first-ever cohort of EmployIndy’s Central Indiana youth apprenticeship program, Modern Apprenticeship. EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board, and Ascend Indiana actively support the apprentices, employers, and general programmatic outcomes for Modern Apprenticeship.

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EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana Launch Modern Apprenticeship Program for High School Students in High-Demand Fields

October 27, 2020

Ascend and EmployIndy have launched a new apprenticeship model for Indianapolis high school students to prepare them for the future in high-demand industries. Modern Apprenticeship (MAP) is a paid two- to three-year work-based learning experience with local employers, where students will emerge with a high school diploma, college credits, relevant credentials and professional experience. This pilot apprenticeship program starts during an Indianapolis student’s junior year of high school.

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Rapid Re-Employment Response Offers Coordinated Resources to Assist Dislocated Workers in Marion County

August 25, 2020

A new resource by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an adapted version of the Ascend Network technology platform. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training.

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