"I value the relationships I built with fellow
Connect with Southern Indiana members and also became aware
of my own strengths and weaknesses as a person, employee,
and community representative."
Jacob Williams, Research Associate, USI
Class of 2009
"There were so many great things that came from
this group. I guess the biggest ones are the following:
· Getting to know the people in our class. Everyone was
talented and in their own way. It’s great getting to know
them so we can network and share resources in the future.
· Making new friends. I consider every single person I met
through the program a friend. We were able to get to know
each other, encouraged each other through hard times, and
celebrated successes together!
· Getting to know the other counties. I had no idea what
beauty our region encompassed.
· Most of all, this program made me feel good about myself and
gave me the courage to seek out additional leadership roles
that I otherwise would have never thought I’d be qualified
Samantha Ramsey, Director of Cleaning/Drink Stations
Koch Development Corp DBA Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Connect - Class of 2009
"I would highly recommend this program
to the people of Southern Indiana. I was forwarded the
application by a past Connect with Southern Indiana member
that knew I was struggling to find work in a professional field after my graduation. Once accepted into
the program I met a number of professionals that I could
network with. I felt funny though pursuing work through
this connection and instead learned all I could about myself
in relationship to my own leadership skills and abilities.
While enrolled in the program I also became acquainted with
people from neighboring counties and have established new
friendships. I learned what each county had to offer in
terms of education, industry, recreation, economy, etc., to
the people of
Southern Indiana and beyond. Through Connect we
established our own projects that would benefit residents of
our communities. In addition, I have relearned the
importance of volunteering and helping our fellow
Hoosiers find and sustain a better quality of life for
themselves and their families. It was a rewarding experience
and I will always treasure my time in this program."
Angie Valuch, Substitute Teacher
Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corp
Connect - Class of 2009