INDIANAPOLIS, IN — American companies are facing a crisis of skill, diversity and connection to the next generation of the workforce. With the launch of V3CONNECT, the tenured team at VisionThree (V3) has created the solution through Virtual Reality. The $80M initiative seeks to place VR Career Labs in every high school, community college and university in Indiana by 2025, followed by plans for national program expansion.

Content supplied by corporate partners and industry organizations will be shared in a sleek, modern, virtual environment, meeting multi-generational learners where they are and harnessing the power of immersion to leave a direct and lasting impression about a variety of traditional and non-traditional talent pathways.

“It has become clear in our discussions with corporate, community and education partners that VR offers a unique solution to bridge the skills gap in our state and beyond,” says VisionThree CRO, Heather Jackson. “You can’t be what you can’t see – so many learners are never exposed to the opportunities available even in their own communities. V3CONNECT closes that gap, directly connecting the next workforce generation to relevant, engaging and career-focused experiences.”

Supportive of the initiative are a growing list of education, corporate and community partners, including Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech), InnoPower, PivotCX, Field of Talent and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, to name just a few.

“We are honored to work with our colleagues at VisionThree to bring this program to life,” says Caroline Dowd-Higgins, VP of Career Coaching and Employer Connections at Ivy Tech. “At Ivy Tech, we are passionate about empowering students with career development tools that lead to high-demand, high-earning careers, and V3CONNECT is a significant innovation that will help us achieve these goals.”

A key priority for the V3CONNECT program is ensuring equal access for all communities. “Creating talent funnels is critical to lifting our Most Vulnerable Populations,” says InnoPower Indy CEO Emil Ekiyor. “V3CONNECT allows us to scale exposure in ways the status quo cannot, removing barriers for these MVPs and helping to deliver equal opportunity through immersive technology.”

Development for the Phase 1 fall launch of V3CONNECT is already underway, utilizing a Human-Centered design approach and working in tandem with researchers from Herron School of Art + Design and Vanderbilt University to build peer-reviewed studies and a continued iterative process focused on delivering real, measurable results.

For more information on how you can join this powerful initiative, reach out to the V3CONNECT team at v3connect@visionthree.com.
VisionThree (V3) has been building bespoke immersive experiences for business since before the dawn of the iPhone. Over the past 20 years, our blue-chip clientele has inspired V3 to create high-value Virtual Reality and Touch Interactive solutions. The V3 holistic approach delivers powerful, scalable and flexible ways to connect recruits, prospects and team members, regardless of geography. visionthree.com


Ivy Tech
Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.


InnoPower
Indy is an Indianapolis, Indiana Social Enterprise that works with communities and stakeholders to create capacity-building opportunities for underrepresented ecosystems in businesses, education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. innopowerindy.com


PivotCX
We give your team the tools to pick first in the race for talent. Our PivotCX platform enables live human-to-human chat immediately after receiving an application or inquiry, empowering your recruiters to engage with 20x more candidates a day.  Our SaaS platform integrates into many ATS, CRM and HRIS systems (including Taleo and Workday) and enables automated and live person-to-person conversations via SMS and voice. pivotcx.io


Field of Talent's
mission is to serve our clients, candidates, and employees with uncommonly excellent hiring experiences and value through every season of our combined talent journey. Field of Talent helps companies in defining and telling their story to attract the right talent, fill difficult-to-hire positions, and provide a better candidate experience and a better value than many other traditional search models. fieldoftalent.com


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
is the state's lead economic development agency, charged with growing the economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in Indiana. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. iedc.in.gov