Hendricks College Network is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization serving as a post secondary education resource for area residents, businesses and community organizations. Our mission is “Connecting the community with opportunities through education and training”. We provide access to and support for post secondary education, business training, and workforce development in Hendricks County and the surrounding region.
These are some of the ways we meet our mission:
- Serving as an education resource for area residents, businesses, and community organizations
- Facilitating the move of multiple colleges into Hendricks County
- Providing accessible training through the years
- counseling hundreds of individuals in educational pathways and career options
- Providing resources to new businesses to ensure skilled workforce
- Advising employers on training options for employees
- Hosting College & Career Fairs
- Helping students access financial aid
- Creating Sector Partnerships to ensure education and training is readily available to meet workforce needs
- Developing career pathways allowing our community to explore necessary next steps to meet their goals
- Offering oversight to MADE@Plainfield, a unique collaboration of statewide higher-education, workforce development and community organizations, coming together to bring post-secondary education and workforce training options to adults, students and employees of all ages — all in one convenient location
Education provides a practical, positive way for people and organizations to respond to the challenges facing our county, and to improve the quality of life in our communities. Often, however, time, cost, distance, and fear can present obstacles to pursuing a degree or additional training. Hendricks College Network exists to help overcome those obstacles by connecting people and organizations with educational programs, resources, and information. We bring a world of educational opportunities to Hendricks County.
History of HCN
The Hendricks College Network (HCN), formerly the Post-Secondary Education Task Force, was established in 1998 by the Hendricks County Commissioners as part of the development of a comprehensive plan relating to all aspects of the county’s needs. This committee met on a regular basis to assess the post-secondary education needs of Hendricks County residents.
The committee worked in cooperation with the Community Foundation on two grants with the idea of promoting our vision. Though not initially funded, the committee decided to move forward because of the identified educational need in the county. Purdue University offered a two year start-up grant which would pay for half the salary and the benefits for a Learning Center Director.
In September of 2009, HCN partnered with Hendricks County Economic Development partnership in Avon, IN. This allows HCN to be closely connected to the business community, and be a part of new business attraction programs, business retention and expansion activities, and workforce development activities.
As we look toward the future needs of Hendricks County residents and businesses, we plan to further develop our focus on non-traditional students, short-term training, and workforce development.
Brandy Wethington Perrill
The HCN Board of Directors meets every other month on the 2nd Thursday
Steve Blacketer, Retired
Marcia Lynch, Retired
Brent Schwanekamp, Plainfield HS
Gary Emsweller, Retired
Julie Van Liew, Brownsburg Community Schools
Larry Hesson, Hendricks County Council/Attorney
Dr. Tracey Schafer, Danville Community Schools
Greg Cook, Ivy Tech Community College
Greg Steuerwald, State Representative/Attorney
Angela Davis, Ivy Tech Community College Avon