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Research

Advancing Opportunity in Central Indiana (2018)

Promoting opportunity for all workers has become a defining challenge for metropolitan regions throughout the United States, including Central Indiana. This research by Brookings, sponsored by Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Ascend, provides data on local occupations and industries that lead to upward earnings mobility, revealing policies and strategies that could expand career-based pathways to the middle class.

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It's About the Match: Labor Market Demand and the Supply of Talent in Indiana (2018)

Ascend and FutureWorks’ 2018 Supply and Demand Report provides a fresh analysis of the alignment between open jobs and available talent in Indiana. According to the numbers, Indiana is not projected to produce enough graduates to meet the continued growth in demand for skilled talent. However, there may be another way to meet this growing need: by matching talent to jobs based on a broader definition of skills and competencies, employers can better identify the talent they need and retain a greater number of post-secondary educated graduates in Indiana.

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Employability Skills and Hiring the Right Talent

Ascend and FutureWorks’ 2017 Employability Skills Report investigates the use of employability skills in Indiana employers’ hiring processes. While employers first typically consider these skills broadly, final hiring decisions are based on a candidate’s employability skills in relation to job profiles and work culture. This report details some of the methods employers use to identify and assess relevant skills.

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Request for Information

<CLOSED> Drug Substance Operator Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Drug Substance Operator Pathway RFI

Catalent, formerly Cook Pharmica, and Ascend seek a 4-year education partner to co-create a sustainable pipeline of drug substance operators who have a background in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with Catalent and Ascend to build this pathway.

NOTE: RFI closed September 14, 2018. 

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<CLOSED> Substance Use Disorder Treatment Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Substance Use Disorder Treatment Pathway RFI

Community Health Network (CHNw) and Ascend seek to grow the number of licensed clinicians in Indiana, with emphasis on clinical social workers (LCSWs), through a partnership with a master of social work (MSW) or related program. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with CHNw and Ascend to build this pathway.

NOTE: RFI closed August 3, 2017. 

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<CLOSED> Early-in-Career Biomedical Equipment Technician Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Early-in-Career Biomedical Equipment Technician Pathway RFI

Roche and Ascend are creating a sustainable talent pipeline of entry-level technicians who have a hybrid of experience in engineering, clinical lab sciences, and medical technology. Roche is seeking a partner with which to co-create the pipeline producing 15 - 30 technicians per year. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with Roche and Ascend to build this pathway.

NOTE: RFI closed August 24, 2017.

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