The great connector

Harrison College’s Coleen Rector is Madison Chamber’s choice for Ambassador of the Year

By Darrel Radford | 3.5.14

Harrison College's Coleen Rector | Photo by Dale Pickett

 

When opportunity knocks for Harrison College students in Madison County, there’s a good chance Coleen Rector is responsible for the noise.

Rector, the director of career opportunities for Harrison College in Anderson and Muncie, has helped scores of students take that next career step. In recognition of her efforts, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will present her “the Ambassador of the Year” award during its annual gala Thursday at the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson.

“Connections are important in all facets of life, particularly for young people just getting started on their career paths,” said Kyle Morey, president of the Madison County Chamber. “Coleen has proven to be a master at creating opportunities for students through her great knowledge of the community and her passion to help it in any way she can.”

Rector has made lots of connections of her own in the place she’s lived nearly all her life.

“This is the community I grew up in and I want to see it do well,” Rector said. “All together, my family and myself has attended 12 different schools here, so everywhere you go, you know someone. You have an investment in the community.”

Rector has certainly helped Madison County students do well. In her role as Harrison’s Director of Career Opportunities, she’s assisted Harrison College in achieving a 90 percent placement rate in finding job opportunities and internships for students.

“As an ambassador, I’m connecting people all the time,” Rector said. “In our Females Active in Business group (FAB!) we promote women and women’s concerns.

A mother of two and grandmother of four, Rector is excited about Madison County’s future and the opportunities it may offer to children and grandchildren in the years ahead.

“I am extremely excited about the reservoir project and the ways it might bring my own family closer to nature,” Rector said.

But even that reservoir won’t be deeper than Rector’s commitment to connect more people in the future.

“Someone told me hospitality is one of my spiritual gifts,” Rector said.

Indeed, many in Madison County have been blessed by it.

 

 

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