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Report Says Central Indiana Faces Dearth of 'Good' Jobs—So OneAmerica Raises Some Salaries

December 21, 2018

A recent report by the Brookings Institution - sponsored by Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Ascend - examined the region’s economy in light of the rapid changes in global trade and technological change and found the area needs about 118,000 more of what it calls “good” or “promising” jobs to meet the needs of workers. The report, called "Advancing Opportunity in Central Indiana," has led one top Indiana employer - OneAmerica - to promise to lift the salaries of more than 100 of its lowest-paid workers.

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Ascend Aims to Remedy Indiana's Lack of Skilled Workers

November 06, 2018

In this article, IndyStar reporter Shari Rudavsky explains how Ascend acts as an intermediary to build a skilled Indiana workforce that meets 21st century demand. Community Health Network President and CEO, Bryan Mills, and Roche Diagnostics President and CEO, Jack Phillips, share the critical role that talent pipelines - built in partnership with Ascend - play in their companies' talent recruitment and retention strategies. While talking with Ascend President and CEO, Jason Kloth, Phillips shares, "What we’re building is something completely different than what the apprenticeship program will be. This program is not that. This program is bigger than that."

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​Connecting Companies with the Right Talent

September 10, 2018

Ascend's President and CEO, Jason Kloth, joins Jean Putnam, EVP at Community Health Network, Rob Manuel, President at University of Indianapolis, and host John Krull in a conversation about Indiana's changing labor market on WFYI's successful public affairs radio show, No Limits. 

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Roche, Facing Technician Shortage, Teams with UIndy to Lure Students

August 30, 2018

Roche Diagnostics and the University of Indianapolis have partnered to create a custom talent pipeline for biomedical equipment technicians through the newly created Roche Academy. The partnership was co-developed with Ascend to address a need for highly-skilled talent. Through the program, which launched in August 2018, students receive mentorship, educational, and financial incentives, including a job offer from Roche upon graduation.

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Brookings Metro

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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Press Releases

New program will increase the number of Licensed Clinical Social Workers to meet the growing need for treatment as Indiana’s opioid epidemic persists

February 13, 2019

As the Indiana opioid crisis continues, there is a shortage of trained behavioral health professionals to ensure those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) receive treatment. To help address this gap, Community Health Network is launching a program that will prepare more licensed clinical social workers to provide treatment in central Indiana, while also improving the quality of the training they receive to better serve patients. The program provides a model that can be replicated in communities across the state.

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Roche Diagnostics and University of Indianapolis partner with Ascend Indiana to create the Roche Academy

August 30, 2018

Roche Diagnostics and the University of Indianapolis are partnering to create a custom talent pipeline for biomedical equipment technicians through the newly created Roche Academy. The partnership, which was co-developed with Ascend Indiana, provides a dedicated source of talent for Roche and aligns University of Indianapolis' curricula with current industry demands. Students successfully completing the program will receive financial and educational incentives, including a job offer from Roche upon graduation.

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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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