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Marion County Workforce Ecosystem

This interactive experience is intended to be a visual representation of organizations involved in the Marion County Workforce Ecosystem during program year 2020-2021 to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of the local workforce system.


K-12 Partners Resident &NeighborhoodServices K-12 School Districts Franklin Township Community School Corporation MSD of Decatur Township MSD of Perry Township School Townof Speedway Beech Grove Jobs for America's Graduates Indianapolis Metropolitan High School MSD of Lawrence Township Indiana School for the Deaf Transition Resources Corporation Talent Bound Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship CareerWise Colorado Phalen Leadership Academy New SkillsReady NetworkIndianapolis Indianapolis Public Schools YES Indy Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. EliteGamingLIVE Training for Success Go Consulting LLC RegionalWorkforcePartnership United Way of Central Indiana Nextech Skillful Indiana HealthcareTraining Senior1Care Legacy CNATraining Dental Careers Foundation of Indianapolis All Heart Nurse's Aide Training Center, LLC Indiana School of Phlebotomy Training , LLC Medicareer Solutions Specialists, LLC Nurse Aide Training Center Fortis College Information Technology Training Architecture, Construction & Engineering Training New Horizons Computer Learning Centers New Beginnings Computer Training, LLC Eleven Fifty Academy Rapid Re-Employment Response Mary RiggNeighborhoodCenter Job ReadyIndy Far Eastside Collective Impact Council JuniorAchievementof Central Indiana University of Indianapolis - MICI-AHEC Independence Academy Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) John P. Craine House Latina Welding Guild The Patachou Foundation Lillian Davis Foundation ODA Enterprises Project Will, Inc / The L.I.N.K.S. Initiative HANDS in Autism Felege Hiwyot Center Reach For Youth Easterseals Crossroads Purdue Extension Marion County Eastern Star Church The Ross Foundation Center for Working Families Indianapolis Public Libraries Community Solutions, Inc. ChristelHouse DORS Teach for America Claude McNeal Productions Mount Carmel Baptist Church Stop The Violence Allies, Inc. Youth B.U.I.L.D. BELIEVE Schools Damien Center Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church (GGMBC) Indiana Federation for Advanced ManufacturingEducation Victory College Prep Lutheran Child and Family Services AdultEducation& Literacy Second Helpings Indiana Chamberof Commerce MSD of Washington Township MSD of Wayne Township MSD of Pike Township PostsecondaryEducation Martin University University of Indianapolis Indiana State University Western Governors University Olivet Nazarene University Indy Achieves INvestEd Enroll Indy Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Girls Inc. Center for Leadership Development Ivy Tech Community College IUPUI Vincennes University Indiana Wesleyan University WIOA Partners Family and Social Services Administration Indianapolis Housing Agency IndyPendence Job Corps Centers National Able Network Proteus, Inc. Goodwill ofCentral and SouthernIndiana, Inc. John Boner Neighborhood Center Indiana Commission for Higher Education City ofIndianapolis Work and Learn Indiana Turner Housing Association, LLC Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Indiana Health Care Association Indianapolis Black Chamber of Commerce TechPoint YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Governor's Workforce Cabinet Indy Chamber Dress forSuccess Southeast Community Services Shepherd Community Center Tangram Homeless Initiative Program RecycleForce Community Action of Greater Indianapolis Carriage House East Alexander's AC/C Tech Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation Save Our Veterans Community Alliance Edna Martin Christian Center Fathers and Keys to Work Staffing Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE) Hoosier Occupational Training Services Advanced Manufacturing,Engineering & Logistics Training Venture Logistics Professional Driving Academy 180 Skills, LLC Catapult Indiana 1st Maker Space CDL Xpress Truck Driving School, Inc. Truck Driver Institute of Indiana, Inc. MSD of WarrenTownship Commercial Driving Training Consultants, Inc. Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis WorkOne Indy Project Indy Thomas P. Miller & Associates JobWorks, Inc. Eckerd Connects Blue River Career Programs Central Nine Career Center Marian University St. Joseph's College Goodwill Excel Center WorkHere, LLC MCCOY Visit Indy DirectEmployers Institute Ascend Indiana Conexus Indiana Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation Indy Reads United States Department of Labor Indianapolis Urban League Fay BiccardGlick NeighborhoodCenter TeenWorks Hawthorne Community Center IndianaDepartment ofWorkforceDevelopment Flanner House Employer-LedPartnershipsGroundwork IndyCity SchoolsACL Medicalof the Far Eastside, (CAFE)Families CenterIndianpolis

Previous Years’ Ecosystem Maps


Indianapolis is home to many known healthcare-focused organizations and nationally recognized hospitals. More importantly, the healthcare industry identifies a variety of pathways that an individual can take at any level of experience or education and the multiple opportunities and next steps necessary to grow in one’s career.



Story of Impact

Hands-On Learning

Each year, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana hosts JA JobSpark – a hands-on learning experience for Indianapolis 8th graders as they explore a variety of industries, companies, and available jobs. EmployIndy participates annually and has several representatives engaged across the Government and Business/Financial Services sectors.

Re-Employment Response

The Rapid Re-Employment Response initiative began as a vision of the Regional Workforce Partnership (inclusive of the local and state government entities, employers, and workforce development organizations) to increase the number of Central Indiana residents engaging in good and promising jobs. This platform is powered by the Ascend Network and utilizes Recruiters from EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana to connect employers with pre-vetted job seekers.

Story of Impact

Rapid Re-Employment Response Connects Residents to Jobs

Over 200 Marion County residents have gone through the process of signing up for Rapid Re-Employment Response to full-time placement at a Central Indiana employer committed to employee success.

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A.G. Maas


Adult & Child Health

AES Indiana

Allison Transmission




Ascend Indiana

B&W Plumbing



Bernard Health

Better Business Bureau Service Central Indiana

Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness

Bommerang Ventures

Boone County Chamber of Commerce

Brooke’s Place


Case Design/Remodeling


CenterPoint Energy

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)

Champion CDJR

Children’s Bureau Inc.

Choices Coordinated Solutions

Clark CPA Group

Coast 2 Coast Concrete Chipping


ComForCare Home Care

Creators Camp


Dealers Wholesale


Dot Foods


Eight Eleven Group

EKF Management

Embassy Business Group LLC

Enterprise Holdings


Equitable Advisors

Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center

Ferguson Construction

Finish Line

FORUM Credit Union

Freudenberg – NOK

Gale Healthcare Solutions LLC

Gaylor Electric

Globe Star, LLC


Heritage Crystal Clean

Hometeam Inspection Service

Independent Adult Day Centers

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indy Reads


Interlocal Association

JA Benefits

Jobsite Supply

Kern Inc.

Knowledge Services

LSC Communications

Major Tool & Machine

Market Wagon

Markle Foundation

Mays Chemical Company

McFarling Foods

Meyer Foods Management Co.

MiraVista Diagnostics

Monon Bioventures, LLC


New Hope of Indiana

Nice-Pak Products



Old National Bank

OnTarget CPA

Outdoor Environments Group LLC

Outreach Indiana

Palmer Trucks

Pepper Construction

Piano in a Flash

Plastic Recycling, Inc.

PLS Financial

Professional Transportation, Inc.

ProSource Wholesale

R.T. Moore


Rosedale Hills Apartments

Scoito Biosciences

Second Helpings


Shepherd Community Center

Shoe Carnival

Sitel Group

Specialty Coating Systems

Speedway LLC

Spohn Associates

Stitch Fix

Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailer



The Julian Center

The National Bank of Indianapolis

The Oaks Academy

The Startup Ladies

The Web Guys



Trifecta Clinical


United Home Healthcare

United Leasing & Finance

United States Army Indy Metro South Recruiting Company

Walgreens Co.

Watts Change Agency

Westminster Neighborhood Services

Wexford of Indiana

Wildwood Healthcare Center

Word Systems LLC

XR Technologies

Yamaha Precision Propellers

Zidan Management Group (ZMG)

Talent Bound

Talent Bound is EmployIndy’s work-based learning initiative, supporting young people throughout Marion County (both in school and out) as they investigate different career pathways and are exposed to local employers and the workforce. One of the most integral programs of Talent Bound is Modern Apprenticeship – a three-year career readiness experience where high school students receive industry credentials, college credit, and professional, paid workplace experience.

Story of Impact

Inaugural Class of Modern Apprentices Begin Fall 2021

In May 2021, EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana formally presented the first cohort of Modern Apprentices, totaling 30 students who are engaged across six school systems and embedded at 16 groundbreaking Indianapolis employers.

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Employer Partners

AES Indiana

Arcamed, LLC

Ascend Indiana

Ascension St. Vincent

Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana

Bowen Center

City of Indianapolis

Donatos Pizza

Eight Eleven Group

Eleven Fifty Academy

Geronimo Hospitality Group

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indianapolis Public Schools

Indy Chamber

Ivy Tech Community College

JW Marriott / White Lodging

OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.

Pepper Construction

Prime Movement Healthcare, Inc. 


Roche Diagnostics

Schahet Hotels, Inc. 


Skillful Indiana


The Heritage Group

Viant Medical

Visit Indy

Walgreens Co.

Welch Packaging

Job Ready Indy

Job Ready Indy is an employability skills curriculum utilized by organizations throughout Indianapolis in order to upskill and inform the local workforce. This curriculum has been vetted and approved by the City of Indianapolis and the Indy Chamber to ensure local employers witness the value of the curriculum and the impact it can have in their workplace.

Story of Impact

Adding Providers to Increase Youth Connections

In program year 2020, the Patachou Foundation partnered with EmployIndy to incorporate Job Ready Indy into their “Food Fellowship” program. As a certified Job Ready Indy provider, the Patachou Foundation will be providing individuals with skills that will prepare them for any future career and job opportunity.

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YES Indy

YES Indy is EmployIndy’s opportunity youth-focused program managed by ten community-based organizations located throughout Indianapolis. Opportunity Youth are individuals 16-24 who are disengaged or disconnected from the workforce and education. This program concentrates on re-engaging young residents and also providing barrier-busting supportive services. To increase programmatic engagement and meet people where they are at, YES Indy launched YES Indy REC and the Power Huddle mindsets training program.

Story of Impact

Adding Providers to Increase Youth Connections

The YES Indy Power Huddle program was originally established to help young people identify their next step and change their mindset about the future. Since the program started, it has become a best practice around the country and now incorporates guest speakers, leadership and team building experiences, and courses focused on supporting their mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Champion Dodge Auto Dealership

Ed Martin Auto Dealership

Groundwork Indy

Adult Education & Literacy

Adult education providers play an integral role in supporting residents, specifically those that are traditionally underserved and underrepresented. Many of these providers provide courses at a discounted rate or without cost in order to remove the financial burden that some residents may face when looking to advance their education level. They support adults looking to return to education to complete their high school equivalency, high school diploma, enroll in ELL courses, or explore career training opportunities.

Story of Impact

EmployIndy Distributes Grant to Grow Adult Education

In 2020, EmployIndy received a multi-million dollar Rapid Reskilling Grant to distribute between seven adult education providers throughout Marion County to provide technology and resources to continue serving, teaching, and upskilling residents.

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WIOA Partners

The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) outlines specific entities who fulfill explicit roles and benefits within the public workforce system (local one-stop delivery system) who are required partners responsible for administering the following activities: all programs authorized under WIOA; career and technical education programs under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006; Trade Adjustment Assistance activities; Jobs for Veterans; employment and training activities carried out under the Community Services Block Grant and by the Department of Housing and Urban Development; programs authorized under state unemployment compensation laws; programs authorized under the Second Chance Act of 2007; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Employer-Led Partnerships

Employer-led partnerships include talent initiatives, industry-sector initiatives, and business-related non-profit organizations dedicated to ensuring the growth and prosperity of the Central Indiana regional economy.

Resident & Neighborhood Services

These influential community-based organizations play a large role in supporting Indianapolis residents, particularly those in underserved and underrepresented areas. Many of these entities serve individuals from all walks of life – from single mothers to youth to those reentering the workforce due to previous justice involvement. EmployIndy has intentionally invested in these community groups to provide career and employment services and barrier-busting supportive services. 

New Skills Ready Network Indianapolis

In 2020, Indianapolis was named one of five U.S. cities to be awarded a multi-million dollar grant to support career readiness and career pathways for young people. In partnership with education institutions, state and local government, and other workforce organizations, the New Skills Ready Network has a mission to create seamless pathways between K-12 and postsecondary as young people progress from education into the workforce.

Story of Impact

EmployIndy Awarded Grant to Grow Indy Career Pathways

In 2020, JPMorgan Chase committed to awarding $7M to Indianapolis to expand upon current career pathways by deepening partnerships among the education and workforce space. With these funds, Indianapolis will be building upon the following pathways in Year 2 of the grant to guide the scope of the work: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Administration, Construction Trades, Engineering, and IT. The Indianapolis team will continue to add 5- 7 CTE pathways of focus each year in years three through five of the grant to continue growing the scope of the work. Read Article

Regional Workforce Partnership

Formed in 2016, the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) brings together nonprofits, employers, state agencies, and community organizations to pursue meaningful policy priorities that create a stronger climate for businesses, individuals, and our Indianapolis community.

Story of Impact

Regional Workforce Partnership Strategizes to Impact Economic Growth

The Regional Workforce Partnership played an integral role in establishing the mission behind the Rapid Re-Employment Response tool and identifying which Indianapolis audiences had the greatest need for the job search resource.

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With the evolution of the workforce, there is a major concern that, as Baby Boomers begin to retire, there will not be enough individuals able to fill the gap they leave behind. These training providers are working rapidly to invest in the future generation of workers and introduce them to a field that has high potential for employee advancement and pays a livable wage.

Project Indy

Project Indy is an initiative of the City of Indianapolis overseen by EmployIndy to engage youth between the ages of 16 to 24 in the workforce. The most crucial part of this initiative is that it removes the transportation barrier experienced by many young people. Housing thousands of full-time and part-time job opportunities, Project Indy is constantly expanding to fill the needs of employers as they hire for entry-level positions and to provide a hub of jobs for young people to explore.

Story of Impact

Teen Employment Impacted by COVID-19

With many young people working in the Hospitality and Tourism industry, the COVID-19 pandemic had a disproportionate impact on youth employment. While much of this was due to in-person regulations, it was also influenced by hiring freezes and fear of the unknown as coronavirus forced some employers to avoid hiring teens for summer jobs. During the pandemic, teen summer employment hit its lowest point since the Great Recession.


City of Indianapolis

Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE Indy)

DirectEmployers Institute



Visit Indy


WorkOne Indy

WorkOne Indy is the local American Job Center, providing job search resources for Indianapolis residents and dislocated workers in order to assist with re-employment. Beyond job seeker assistance, WorkOne Indy houses weekly workshops to assist individuals in increasing their skills and works closely with MSD Wayne Township to host adult basic education courses.


ABC Metals

Access Mobility

Accurate Personnel

Adecco Staffing

Advantage Senior Care

Altra Homecare Group


American Red Cross

American Senior Community 

Aramark Uniform Services Division

Area Wide Protective

Assemblix LLC

Basement Systems of Indiana

Bryant-Jones Insurance and Financial Services

Christel House Schools



Commercial Trade Source

CoWorx Staffing Services

Crown Services Inc.

Diamond Homecare Services

Do Over Project

Dollar General

Dot Transportation Inc.


Edge Industrial Staffing

Elwood Staffing

Executive Management Services

Express Employment Professionals

Extended Stay America

FedEx Freight

First Student


FTIC (Fukai Toyotetsu Indiana Corporation)


Green Wave Computer Recycling

Greenleaf Foods

HCR ManorCare

Health Lab

Heritage Environmental Services


Hostess Brands

HW Staffing

Indiana MENTOR

Integrity Staffing

IU Health

Jewels Express LLC

Journeys Home Care & Concierge Services

K & R Glowing Pride Residential Services

Kelly Services for Honda Manufacturing of Indiana


LA Fitness

Life’s Touch Home Health

Marion County Sheriff’s Office

McAlister’s Deli

Morgan Services, Inc

MS-IL Staffing

MSD Washington Township Schools

New Hope of Indiana

Northwestern Medical Center

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Outdoor Environment Group, LLC

Paramount Staffing

PLS Check Cashing

Praxair Surface Technologies


Quality Life Indy

S & K Building Services

Saint Gobain

Salvation Army Harbor Light Center


Senior Home Companions


Servant Home Care

SFI Risk

SMX Staffing

Spherion Staffing

SSP America

Store Space Self Storage

Temple Franklin Executive Search and Staffing

The Liberty Group

The Masters Touch

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Total Resource Staffing

Touchpoint Support Services, LLC

United Home Healthcare

United States Navy

Urgent Dental Center North LLC

Vertical Home Health


XPO Logistics

K-12 School Districts

Marion County houses eleven distinct school districts, and nine of these districts are engaged in at least one of EmployIndy’s programs, such as Jobs for America’s Graduates, Talent Bound, and Job Ready Indy. Many of these districts also offer adult education programming to assist residents in obtaining their high school equivalency, high school diploma, or an English Language Learning (ELL) certificate.

Jobs for America’s Graduates

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a national program, located in 14 schools across Indianapolis. JAG Indy not only teaches high school juniors and seniors how to be successful in the workforce, it prepares them for any postsecondary pathway and provides students with the opportunity to explore different industries and grow their employability skills. While JAG connects students to the workforce, it is also a prevention strategy by engaging young people who are at risk of dropping out.

Story of Impact

JAG Career Development Conference Adapts to Virtual Needs

In 2021, the Jobs for America’s Graduates program revamped their Career Development Conference (CDC) to take place in a virtual setting. This annual conference provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their career readiness skills that they learn throughout the school year.

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American Airlines

B&W Plumbing

Beech Grove Police Department

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis



Decatur Township

Decatur Township Fire Department

Eskenazi Health



Felege Hiywot

Finish Line

Goodwill Industries

IBEW Local Union 481

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Indiana State House of Representatives

Indianapolis Animal Care Services

Indianapolis Public Schools


JobConnect USA

JW Marriott

Kimberly Janelle Enterprises

Marian University / St. Joseph’s College

MICI-AHEC University of Indianapolis


Partners Personnel

PNC Bank


SafeHiring Solutions


Speedway Youth Soccer

State Farm Insurance

State of Indiana

Stop the Violence Indy



U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army

U.S. Navy

Postsecondary Education

As EmployIndy has expanded on supporting and building education-based programs over the past few years, postsecondary entities have played a crucial role in both programmatic success and construction. With insight from these ecosystem partners, EmployIndy has taken steps to fill the need for identifying and building clear and seamless career pathways between secondary and postsecondary institutions.

Indy Achieves

Indy Achieves is an initiative of the City of Indianapolis and was formally launched in 2018. The mission of Indy Achieves is to remove financial barriers so all Indianapolis residents can obtain access to postsecondary degrees or credentials. Partnering closely with Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUI, Indy Achieves has provided gap-closing scholarships. Indy Achieves also works closely with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in order to increase their 21st Century Scholars enrollments.


Story of Impact

Influencing Future Education Pipelines

Each year Indy Achieves has had a greater and greater influence on the number of 7th and 8th graders who sign up for 21st Century Scholars. Providing support for Marion County families, the Indy Achieves team filed applications for over 2300 eligible students.


Employers are at a high-demand for individuals skilled in the construction and engineering industries. Many training providers offer these resources in the form of on-the-job training and apprenticeship opportunities in order to engross individuals in the field, model how to excel in their position, and engage them with employer partners.

Story of Impact

Hands-On Learning

Each year Junior Achievement of Central Indiana hosts JA JobSpark – a hands-on learning experience for Indianapolis 8th graders as they explore a variety of industries, companies, and available jobs. EmployIndy participates annually and has several representatives engaged across the Government and Business/Financial Services sectors.


As one of the fastest-growing industries in Indianapolis, Information Technology (IT) training providers are working to quickly and effectively upskill residents. Indianapolis has embraced the technological shift by investing in not just growing a pipeline of qualified workers, but by expanding infrastructure specifically targeted towards the IT industry and engaging with large employers, such as Salesforce and Infosys.

Story of Impact

Hands-On Learning

Each year Junior Achievement of Central Indiana hosts JA JobSpark – a hands-on learning experience for Indianapolis 8th graders as they explore a variety of industries, companies, and available jobs. EmployIndy participates annually and has several representatives engaged across the Government and Business/Financial Services sectors.

K-12 Partners

These ecosystem members support residents of all ages. Alongside EmployIndy, they focus on engaging individuals in career exposure, exploration, and engagement opportunities so they can receive hands-on experience and further their educational awareness. Many of these partners also offer courses that allow for residents of all ages to receive their high school diploma or equivalency to prepare them for the workforce.

Story of Impact

Hands-On Learning

Each year Junior Achievement of Central Indiana hosts JA JobSpark – a hands-on learning experience for Indianapolis 8th graders as they explore a variety of industries, companies, and available jobs. EmployIndy participates annually and has several representatives engaged across the Government and Business/Financial Services sectors.

TIF Training Grants

The funding for TIF Training Grants comes from the NextLevel Jobs program, overseen by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. These grantees are reimbursed for their work to hire, train, and retain Indianapolis workers. It removes the financial barriers that many employers face during the hiring process and allows them to provide opportunities for growth and employee success throughout the training process.

Story of Impact

Increasing Employer and Workforce Engagement

The vision behind NextLevel Jobs stems from the need to engage the current workforce and provide individuals with opportunities to grow within their company. In order to receive reimbursement for hiring and training, the employee must stay on for at minimum six months.

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