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Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit

This Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit, funded by Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, provides a pathway for employers, education partners, and community-based organizations to scope, design, and launch robust work-based learning programs to close talent gaps and strengthen the local workforce. In the current job landscape, there is a misalignment between the supply of and demand for talent. While there are several work-based learning initiatives and approaches, this toolkit provides a model, including critical steps and key players, that can be utilized by a variety of stakeholders to build a talent pipeline program.

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Aligning the Workforce: Labor Market Demand and the Supply of Talent in Indiana (2019)

The 2019 Supply and Demand Report is the second in a series of reports to characterize demand and supply of talent across Indiana, including a detailed snapshot of Central Indiana and Marion County (Indianapolis). In the first report, Ascend analyzed labor market data and the breadth of skills that were in high demand. This report provides an update on the previous data and delves more deeply into additional areas of Indiana’s labor market. Similar to the 2018 report, the analysis of current and future labor market demand and supply of talent enables us to identify where misalignment occurs within the workforce, as well as the critical regional efforts that are tackling the issue.

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Community Behavioral Health Academy Executive Summary (2019)

Community Health Network has collaborated with the Indiana University School of Social Work and the University of Indianapolis to launch an innovative behavioral health talent pathway. With the support of Ascend, these stakeholders built the Community Behavioral Health Academy, a talent pipeline yielding 15–30 licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) annually who are dually licensed as licensed clinical addiction counselors (LCACs) and specially trained in treating substance use disorders. This Executive Summary shares the program background and components in order to encourage replication of similar talent models.

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Request for Information

<CLOSED> Early Learning Indiana Early Childhood Educator Talent Pipeline RFI

<CLOSED> Early Learning Indiana Early Childhood Educator Talent Pipeline RFI

Early Learning Indiana (ELI), Indiana’s oldest and largest early childhood education (ECE) nonprofit, seeks a higher education partner to co-create a bachelor’s degree pathway that prepares 30 ECE teachers annually. Early Learning Indiana aims to partner with a college or university to develop a more accessible, affordable, and accelerated teacher talent program that integrates classroom teaching experiences. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers who offer a bachelor’s degree program in education, specifically ECE, and are interested in partnering with Early Learning Indiana and Ascend to build this program.

Interested education partners should submit their responses by November 6, 2019.

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<CLOSED> Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) Youth Support Specialist Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) Youth Support Specialist Pathway RFI

Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS), a nonprofit providing compassionate care and counsel to the Indianapolis community, and Ascend seek an education partner to co-develop a sustainable pipeline of Youth Support Specialists (YSS). YSS play a critical role in caring for youth in Central Indiana affected by abuse, neglect and behavior health challenges. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers who offer a certificate in human services, behavioral health, sociology, psychology, or a related field and are interested in partnering with LCFS and Ascend to build this pathway.

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<CLOSED> UnitedHealthcare Sales Pathway RFI

<CLOSED> UnitedHealthcare Sales Pathway RFI

UnitedHealthcare, a leading health insurance company located in Indianapolis, and Ascend seek a 4-year higher education partner to co-create a sustainable pipeline of sales professionals who have a background in business, marketing, communications, sales, and risk management. This request for information (RFI) is for education providers interested in partnering with UnitedHealthcare and Ascend to build this pathway.

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