Southeast Community College’s
Heather Hultgrien received the York County Economic Development Corporation’s
2020 Impact Award. Hultgrien is the coordinator at SCC’s York Learning Center.
She received the award for
the many hats she wears in the community. In addition to her job at SCC, she is
the CEO of Renewed Horizon, an entity she created to assist foster families in
the area. Prior to SCC, she was the foster care coordinator at Epworth Village.
She also is president of the York County Health Coalition and on the board of
directors for the York County Economic Development Corporation.
“Receiving the Impact Award was a very
humbling experience,” Hultgrien said. “I have been presented with so many
opportunities in York to help it grow as a community, grow in the business
sector by offering workforce development opportunities, offering educational
resources, and building numerous relationships and partnerships to better our
future. For me, the award itself impacted my life as it reminded me the small
things don’t go unseen.”
Hultgrien earned her Bachelor
of Arts degree in K-12 vocal music education from York College. She then
received a Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of
Nebraska-Kearney. She taught music before entering the child welfare system.
She lives in York with her husband, Jason and her son Joel.
The York Learning Center
opened four years ago as part of a strategic plan to better serve the
educational needs of the communities in southeast Nebraska. The other learning
centers are in Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, and Wahoo.