The University of Indianapolis is proud to announce the creation of The Gene and Joanne Sease Institute, an innovative model that meets the growing need to develop regionally-based high-skill talent. Opening in July 2019, The Sease Institute at the University of Indianapolis answers the call for institutions of higher education to be nimble and flexible by offering customized programs tied to relevant, workforce-related content.
Aligning with the expertise already in residence at the University of Indianapolis, The Sease Institute will focus on developing customized and specific content in business, technology, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. More areas will be offered as The Sease Institute grows. Participants will be equipped to learn new skills, advance existing ones, and either gain new employment or progress in their chosen field.
“The Sease Institute is an exciting opportunity for the University of Indianapolis to build on our long legacy as a connector between a problem and a solution in our society—in this case, workforce development. I look forward to The Sease Institute providing a role in continuing to contribute to the economic vitality of the region and helping Indianapolis become a competitive draw by providing talent for existing and new businesses looking to relocate here,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel.
Named in honor of Gene Sease, president and chancellor of the University from 1970 to 1989, The Sease Institute carries forward his commitment to innovation and boldly seizing opportunities. As a thought leader in workforce development solutions, The Sease Institute will focus on adding original research, public opinion data and economic analysis to the public space. Through national research, conferences and publications, The Sease Institute will help promote Indianapolis as a pioneer in understanding, evaluating and implementing workforce development strategies and programs.
“The University of Indianapolis has an impressive history of developing graduates who make vital contributions to society. 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,” Sease said.
Building on the success of collaborative partnerships with Roche Diagnostics and Community Health Network to build custom solutions to workforce development needs, The Sease Institute will continue to grow these opportunities with organizations throughout Indiana.
“Community Health Network’s diverse array of partnerships with the University of Indianapolis allows Community to meet critical workforce needs specific to healthcare. This collaborative relationship creates opportunities for academic research, professional development and exceptional learning experiences for students. Community Health Network is looking forward to developing new solutions in collaboration with the University of Indianapolis through The Sease Institute,” said David Kiley, president of Community Health Network Indianapolis Region.
“As Roche’s customer base continues to grow, the demand for quality and properly trained biomedical equipment technicians continues to increase. These technicians are critical to Roche’s operations, as they maintain critical lab equipment and provide customer service across Roche’s geographic service regions. Through this unique partnership with the University of Indianapolis, we will be able to fulfill our employment needs for these positions that are critical to our business,” said Jack Phillips, president and CEO, Roche Diagnostics Corporation North America.
The Sease Institute will generate new certificate experiences in non-credit courses that develop the talent for existing workforce needs in central Indiana. In collaboration with school districts, law enforcement organizations and hospital systems in Indianapolis, The Sease Institute is already creating certificate programs in certified nursing assistant, qualified medication aide, loss prevention, classroom management and community health worker training.
The Sease Institute will work with corporate partners to customize educational experiences to meet their own talent development needs in areas such as health informatics, change management, data analytics and more. Faculty members within The Sease Institute will work with content experts to design and implement educational interventions specific to the stated need of the corporation.