UIndy to Launch the Sease Institute

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The University of Indianapolis has announced a new institute aimed at meeting the growing need to develop regionally-based, high-skill talent. The Gene and Joanne Sease Institute will launch in July with the goal of equipping participants with the ability to learn new skills, advance existing ones and either gain new employment or progress in their chosen field. UIndy President Robert Manuel says the institute creates an opportunity for the university to be address both long-term and short-term workforce issues throughout the state.

In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Manuel said he has a statewide vision for the institute.

"We'll go where the opportunity is. This education shouldn't necessarily be bound to our physical campus," said Manuel. "If a company has a problem or an opportunity on-site, we need to be there creating the educational programs to help them solve the needs they have on that site. We will work with talent that we have from around the university, really from around the globe, to put together the educational experience that's meaningful for the company."

The Sease Institute will focus on developing customized and specific content in the business, technology, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. UIndy says the effort builds on the success of existing collaborative partnerships with Roche Diagnostics and Community Health Network in Indianapolis that were established to help solve workforce development needs.

The institute will generate new certificate experiences in non-credit courses to help develop talent for existing workforce needs. Faculty members will work with content experts to design and implement the educational programs specific to the needs of corporate partners looking to develop their own talent.

"The Sease Institute leverages the partnerships that we have with our faculty as well as our broader network to really engage corporations where they are to solve the problems that they have in a way that is responsive to their needs in a timely manner," said Corey Wilson, vice president of the institute. He says the institute will also engage with companies outside of the core sectors.

The institute is named in honor of Gene Sease, who served as president and chancellor of the university from 1970 to 1988.

"The University of Indianapolis has an impressive history of developing graduates who make vital contributions to society," Sease said in a news release. "I am honored and proud that The Sease Institute will dramatically expand the University’s innovative programs to nontraditional students and corporate partners—and meet the community’s economic needs in that process."

You can watch the full interview in the video above.

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