Ascend Indiana

  • Talent Development
  • Talent Retention & Attraction
  • Economic Mobility

Website
http://ascendindiana.com/

Primary Contact
Jason Kloth
President and CEO
Contact via email

Mission statement

The Ascend Indiana vision is every Indiana employer will have access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen will have the opportunity to pursue a self-sustaining career path. Ascend Indiana seeks talent solutions for employers and encourages a supportive ecosystem.  It is the culmination of a comprehensive analysis of domestic, state and regional labor markets, a review of local and national workforce development best practices, input from key state and regional stakeholders, and discussions with a steering committee composed of leadership from the business and education communities.

Actions

Ascend Indiana is working on the following actions:

Talent Development

Strategy

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

Action

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

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

July 31, 2016

Progress

100%

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Status on 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.
Talent Retention & Attraction

Strategy

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

Action

Identify/confirm gaps in the supply of educated workers and demand from employers

Start Date:

July 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on December 13, 2016
The research design and scoping phase of Ascend’s annual supply and demand studies is on track for 2017 publication. Preparations for the regional workforce analysis will begin in 2017.
Talent Retention & Attraction

Strategy

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

Action

Create and implement sector specific talent retention and attraction initiatives

Start Date:

July 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on December 13, 2016
Ascend successfully built a nursing talent pipeline program in partnership with a local health network and university. Ascend is discussing talent pipeline projects with additional employers.
Talent Retention & Attraction

Strategy

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

Action

Create internship opportunities across sectors in Central Indiana for Indiana college students to promote living and working in Central Indiana

Start Date:

July 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

15%

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Status on December 13, 2016
Ascend is currently securing higher education partners for the IELF program to attract and retain talent.
Talent Development

Strategy

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

Action

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

Start Date:

July 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on 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.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Create industry-led, sector-specific workforce development infrastructure which provides clear information about career pathways and identify quality training opportunities enabling job seekers to pursue opportunities for higher skilled, higher wage employment.

Action

Create and support collaborative of community-based organizations providing training and support to underprepared workers

Start Date:

July 1, 2018

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

30%

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Status on December 13, 2016
Ascend has convened the regional workforce partnership members on three occasions to coordinate regional efforts to address these needs. Ascend is actively soliciting reputable national partners.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Create industry-led, sector-specific workforce development infrastructure which provides clear information about career pathways and identify quality training opportunities enabling job seekers to pursue opportunities for higher skilled, higher wage employment.

Action

Create and implement initiatives or support and incentivize initiatives to close training resource gaps, across platforms including work readiness training programs, and around data collection and data sharing to enable ongoing improvement in job training and placement efforts

Start Date:

July 1, 2019

Completion Date:

December 31, 2019

Progress

10%

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Status on December 13, 2016
Ascend is continuously collaborating with regional workforce development stakeholders through regional workforce partnership meetings and routine strategy and process co-development efforts.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Create industry-led, sector-specific workforce development infrastructure which provides clear information about career pathways and identify quality training opportunities enabling job seekers to pursue opportunities for higher skilled, higher wage employment.

Action

Create clear, easily accessible and understandable information about where to access “career pathways” sector specific training

Start Date:

January 1, 2019

Completion Date:

June 30, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on December 13, 2016
Ascend is developing an online talent platform solution to capture data in employer, job-seeker, and education provider profiles.