Initiative aims to connect job seekers, employers in Indiana

FILE - This photo shows an employment application form sitting on a table during a job fair. (AP File Photo/Mike Groll)
FILE - This photo shows an employment application form sitting on a table during a job fair. (AP File Photo/Mike Groll)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An organization in central Indiana has started a program with the goal of connecting local employers with job seekers.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the new Central Indiana Corporate Partnership initiative, called Ascend Indiana, aims to match the workforce’s skills with the employers needs through training.

Ascend Indiana officials say they hope to achieve this goal by working with companies to help them assess their talent needs, helping job-seekers get employment and training, building the pipelines that produce skilled workers, and conducting research, consulting and public policy work.

Ascend Indiana has raised $7 million for the effort.

It’s first project includes providing funding for a local office for College for America, a program that helps existing workers earn two- or four-year online degrees paid for through their employers’ tuition reimbursement programs.