When the doors were opened at Hendricks College Network this week, something was missing.
Cathy Bastin, executive director of HCN for the past 10 years, has left the organization to take a position at the IUPUI School of Fundraising.
Friends and co-workers feted her at a celebration last Friday and she reflected on her tenure at the agency and the more than 39,000 students she has helped.
“The community really came together to support this idea to provide workforce development and educational training,” Bastin said. “We didn’t even know what it’d look like three months from (when I started). There was not any model in the state. There were learning centers, but none created the way we envisioned it then. In hindsight, we were doing what I always wanted us to do, to provide that guidance office for grown-ups to meet those dreams educationally so they can meet their dreams job-related. One thing we definitely wanted in those early days was some sort of college presence. We have seven now — far beyond what we would have imagined.”
Bastin said the tough decision to attack another challenge was made easier by the fact that she knows those around her at HCN have made it so successful and will continue to do so.
“They’re amazing,” she said of her co-workers and volunteers with HCN. “I simply made phone calls, asked questions for people. They’re the ones that did all the work and I am so proud of the accomplishments.
“The HCN is in such good shape. It’s a comfort level to know that if there were a good time to leave, now would be it. The board is active, the committees are looking at some neat things, there are new partnerships happening. From that side, it’s a good opportunity.”