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. HCN has continued to partner with Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.
In September of 2009, HCN solidified a partnership with Hendricks County Economic Development partnership, and had an office collocated with HCEDP in Avon, IN. This allowed 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.