Ascend Indiana growing job board reach
Ascend Indiana, an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, has recently forged three partnerships to help college students with career and internship searches. The agreements are with Butler University in Indianapolis, Hanover College in Hanover, and the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.
Through the Ascend Network, the initiative’s online job matching platform, students from all three schools will be able to connect with Indiana jobs and internships that match their skill sets and interests. It also provides increased one-on-one career guidance.
“Partnering with Ascend provides job and internship opportunities that our students might not have otherwise,” said Kim Brant, Hanover’s director of business partnerships and experiential learning for pathway programs. “Unlike other job boards, our partnership with Ascend offers our students a more personable experience.”
The program also helps Indiana employers connect with students and potentially lead to job offers.
Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth says the online tool is critical in helping to retain students, trained at Indiana colleges and universities, and filling in-state jobs.
“Partnering with educational institutions such as Hanover is essential to equipping students with the necessary tools to get their career started here through an internship or early-in-career job, as well as to helping employers connect to the talent they need,” said Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana.
Since its inception in 2017, Ascend has connected more than 3,000 Hoosiers with jobs and training opportunities in all sectors across the state. More than 600 employers are currently using the network.