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Indiana Connection Lounge Creates Unique Space for Students and Employers to Connect and Build Social Capital

May 24, 2024

Ball State University students and Indiana employers are connecting in new and exciting ways through the Indiana Connection Lounge, a relaxed space with a coffee shop vibe within the Ball State University Career Center.

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President and CEO Letter: Building on What’s Working

May 24, 2024

When I think about how Ascend Indiana can best support Indiana’s talent development efforts, I reflect on lessons I learned in my earlier manufacturing career.

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Ascend Indiana names three industry leaders to its Board of Directors

May 16, 2024

Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), announced today three new members to its Board of Directors.

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Upskilling the Next Generation of Hoosiers Sets Employers and Students on a Path to Success

April 26, 2024

Mark Murphy went to college to study accounting. He didn’t pursue that course of study for very long, instead pivoting to tech and advanced manufacturing. As president of PRD, Inc., an injection molding advanced manufacturing company in the Indiana Uplands region, Murphy appreciates the benefits of modern youth apprenticeship programs like UpSkill Work & Learn in helping young adults enter college with a better sense of their passions and career aspirations. That kind of guidance would have been invaluable to him 38 years ago, he said.

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Real-world Experience Helps Modern Youth Apprentice Find her True Passion

April 26, 2024

Maddie Simmerman, a 17-year-old student at Bedford North Lawrence High School, thought she liked engineering after taking a class in school, but not until she joined the UpSkill Work & Learn modern youth apprenticeship program did she realize that this is now her life’s passion and career path. Maddie found that passion when she became a manufacturing apprentice with PRD, Inc., an injection molding advanced manufacturing company specializing in automotive parts, particularly custom LED headlights and taillights for cars, in the Indiana Uplands region.

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President and CEO Letter: A Commitment to Listen

April 26, 2024

Last month, Ascend Indiana’s President and CEO, Brad Rhorer, described the organization’s plans to grow its footprint and statewide impact with a commitment to moving forward with three tenets: Listen, Lean-In and Leverage.

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