Talent Development

Developing an agile workforce

  • Strategy

    Boost attainment of associate's and bachelor's degrees at Marion County campuses.

    Actions:


    Support efforts to retain college graduates by implementing programs that encourage and provide community service, leadership, and internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates. More details

    Indy Chamber

    0%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

  • Strategy

    Expand existing and create additional industry-led, sector-specific workforce development and attraction efforts in high-growth, high-demand sectors.

    Actions:


    Create and support a cross-sector, employer-led leadership advisory council. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    100%

    Start Date:

    January 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    July 31, 2016

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend officially launched in October 2016 based on strategic guidance provided by the advisory council and a comprehensive research analysis. The advisory council transitioned to a board of directors and will meet at least two times annually.

  • Create and implement initiatives or incentives and support initiatives that close identified skills gaps, across training and education platforms including industry recognized certificate attainment, apprenticeships, associate degree attainment, bachelors attainment, post-graduate fellowships and advanced degree attainment; and including “upskilling” for incumbent workers. More details

    Ascend Indiana

    50%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    December 13, 2016: Ascend Indiana secured a partnership to bring a fully-accredited, competency-based platform to the region for upskilling incumbent workers with associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The partner has initiated several pilots with local companies to-date, with plans for continuous growth. Ascend is currently in conversation with several reputable national initiatives to close skills gaps.

  • Strategy

    Assist businesses in finding well qualified, highly trained employees in the high tech, advanced trades and other sectors.

    Actions:


    Actively collaborate with local high schools to identify potential students for the ASAP program. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    100%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Identified 20 target high schools. Have built student referral base through counselor and teacher relationships, as well as facilitated on-site information sessions and interviews. Will continue to target the 20 high schools to identify potential ASAP students.

  • Actively collaborate with local mentoring and leadership development organizations to identify potential students for the ASAP program. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    75%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Currently collaborating with organizations such as TeenWorks, Elevate Indy, D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Starfish Initiative, The Walker Family Foundation, and Indiana Department of Child Services’ Older Youth Services Program. Will seek to partner with 2 more organizations for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Actively seek out collaborative partnerships with local organizations to build awareness of the program throughout the greater Indianapolis area, and enhance curricular offerings to create a rich classroom experience for students. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    100%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Solidified an on-going relationship Regions Bank to host 3 financial literacy classes a year.

  • Review the ASAP program offerings and assess their viability as it relates to transferability to 4-year institutions and potential job-skills training. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    75%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Continue to assess current program offerings based on student interest, transferability, and employment opportunities. Favor degrees with TSAP agreements. May add an additional degree track for 2018-19 ASAP cohort.

  • Incrementally grow the ASAP program to support increased opportunity and overall reach to high school graduates/young adults in the greater Indianapolis area. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    75%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Reviewed the ASAP trends and would like to keep consistent with growth rates. Set 2018-19 cohort goal of 100 students, which would be 31% growth.

  • Continually seek out transfer partnerships with 4-year institutions to facilitate matriculation of ASAP students into bachelor degree programs. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    50%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: UIndy offers ASAP students full tuition and credit transfer, and Marian University offers a $14,000 scholarship. ASAP students may also qualify for scholarships through ISU and IUPUI. Will continue to search for additional opportunities.

  • Make concerted efforts to track ASAP graduates, post-completion of their degree, to collect data for program improvement and share success stories of graduates. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    50%

    Start Date:

    July 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Have begun tracking ASAP Alumni, recording their transfer pathways and careers landed after ASAP.

  • Pilot IvyWorks by training and connecting students to high-needs employment industries in Indiana. More details

    Ivy Tech IvyWorks

    25%

    Start Date:

    October 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 20, 2017: IvyWorks program began Aug 2016 with a 2 year supply chain track. Admission to the IvyWorks program is rolling, with first graduates in Sept 2018.

  • Seek out and establish industry partnerships, by industry, to connect students to professional development and job training opportunities. More details

    Ivy Tech IvyWorks

    100%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 20, 2017: implemented but ongoing, with the goal to connect students and employers in the same physical space.

  • Seek out strategic partnerships to create an Advisory Board that can guide and provide feedback on the IvyWorks pilot project. More details

    Ivy Tech IvyWorks

    100%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 20, 2017:

  • Build awareness of the IvyWorks program with, and potentially recruit from, various employment partners from the Indianapolis area. More details

    Ivy Tech IvyWorks

    50%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 20, 2017: Forming partnerships with EmployIndy, CICP, Goodwill (Excel Centers), UPS, Conexus and Geodis.

  • Actively seek out fundraising opportunities to support ASAP. More details

    Ivy Tech ASAP

    100%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    July 18, 2017: Have obtained grant funds for several enrichment opportunities - the ASAP + IPS School #87 Community Garden, and Mammoth Cave field trip. Applying for additional funds through the MAPS endowment.

  • Actively seek out fundraising opportunities to support IvyWorks. More details

    Ivy Tech IvyWorks

    50%

    Start Date:

    April 1, 2016

    Completion Date:

    December 31, 2020

    Status update:

    January 20, 2017: ongoing

  • Project:

    JA JobSpark

    http://www.jajobspark.org/

    JA JobSpark is a hands-on two-day career expo for all Marion County 8th graders.  The event is meant to “spark” an interest in students and get them excited for their future. Students learn about the skills needed for jobs that will be in demand when they graduate, while utilizing equipment that is used on those jobs daily.  After the event, students have a better understanding of the courses they will need to take in high school, a track for post-secondary and a clear career pathway for what they find they are interested in.

  • Project:

    Youth Tree Team (YTT)

    http://www.kibi.org/programs/planting-trees/youth-tree-team/

    Through the Youth Tree Team (YTT) program, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful hires more than 85 Indianapolis-area, high school-aged youth, as well as college-aged youth leaders, to water and maintain thousands of trees planted by KIB over a seven-week period each summer. The YTT program not only helps KIB with its tree maintenance needs, but also provides this diverse group of local Indianapolis youth with meaningful opportunities for summer employment, enrichment, and education–teaching them life and leadership skills, about the environment, caring for their community, and the potential and benefits of urban greenspaces. A competitive application process allows KIB to provide this opportunity to a diverse group of talented Indianapolis youth each year, about half of whom are eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program at school.

    Eight teams each work together to water, mulch, stake, weed, and collect litter at recent KIB tree planting sites. A dedicated pruning team of four youth learn more specialized tree pruning skills. Each day, youth receive daily exercise, learn how to identify tree species and care for trees, learn leadership skills, make friendships, gain teamwork experience, and spend their summer doing meaningful, fun activities.

    Along with daily work activities throughout the summer, the youth participate in weekly enrichment activities including networking with green-collar professionals, learning financial management skills, and a college campus tour. Special group opportunities throughout the summer include a rafting trip on the White River, a high ropes course, and a mid-summer wilderness camping trip, which all contribute to youth development and relationship building. Though Youth Tree Team is about maintaining trees, it focuses on developing the potential of Indianapolis youth, providing them with safe, reliable, and important employment, while playing a part to protect the local environment.

  • Project:

    Indiana Mentoring Partnership

    http://www.abetterhour.org

    The Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP), a program of the Indiana Youth Institute and an affiliate of the National Mentoring Partnership, empowers youth champions to expand and deliver quality mentoring to meet the needs of communities across Indiana. The IMP serves youth workers, mentoring professionals, volunteers and other mentoring advocates throughout Indiana. The primary goals of the IMP are to expand public involvement in mentoring by increasing awareness of the need for and benefits of youth mentoring; to provide responsive and effective technical assistance and training that is aligned with the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards; and to facilitate community collaboration and investment in youth mentoring.

     

    The Indiana Mentoring Partnership’s primary goals are:

    • To expand public involvement in mentoring by increasing awareness of the need for and benefits of youth mentoring;
    • To facilitate community collaboration and investment in mentoring; and
    • To provide responsive and effective technical assistance and training that is aligned with the Indiana Quality Mentoring Standards.

  • Project:

    TeenWorks 360 Program

    http://teenworks.org/get-involved/teenworks-360-program/

    With over 35 years of experience, TeenWorks (formerly Pro 100) is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Marion County at-risk teens from all school districts as they look for paid summer employment combined with career and college readiness instruction. Over the past 4 years, TeenWorks has grown in Indianapolis from serving 84 students in 2012 to 254 in 2015. This equates to over a 200% growth rate in 4 years and we anticipate hiring 300 students in Indianapolis in 2016 for an additional growth surge. TeenWorks is poised for scalability. Although IPS students have been the majority of our hires to date, the township schools and charter schools are becoming a bigger component each year as their percentage of at-risk students climbs.

    With TeenWorks 360 (the year-round support program in the schools), students receive guided, individualized support to help them work towards high school graduation and advance their college and career goals

    TeenWorks has shown how a collaborative partnership between a non-profit employment program and a school system can not only succeed, but give outstanding results that clearly impact the community in terms of job readiness, wages, and giving back.

  • Project:

    IMCPL Strategic Plan – Talent Development

    http://www.imcpl.org/strategicplan/

    Sustaining and renewing a strong workforce is core to the health and vibrancy of Indianapolis. Working people create an environment of prosperity and growth. While the need for workforce development services outside the formal classroom is great, only a handful of organizations in Marion County offer this outreach. The Indianapolis Public Library is one of them.

    We offer IndyPL Job Centers at nine Library sites. These are neighborhood-level job centers that provide technological training, specialized resources, and educational opportunities for those seeking to enhance their employment skills. Each Job Center is a designated space with laptop computers, Microsoft Suite, wireless Internet access, printers, and other computer related-items. Special skill building classes at each site are provided by expert staff. Sessions are focused on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume and career development, and instruction on various computer applications.

    The IndyPL Job Center model allows for easy replication at a branch or anywhere in our city where residents are seeking employment and re-training. Since its creation, the Job Center has helped 20,143 people (June 2011 to July 2015.) Because of the Job Center learning modules are adaptable to current job climate and the needs of the user it is a popular place to visit. We respect of autonomy of the user. The visitor feels comfortable with knowledgeable staff leading the way to gainful employment.

    The Library plans to increase the Job Center locations as staff and additional funding become available. We continue to seek new audiences and marketing opportunities to keep the project fresh and vital. Employment readiness programs for young adults and skill training for underemployed are potential growth areas.