Member of the Month

2019 July Featured Member: Cole Hartke

“Hello everyone my name is Cole Hartke. I started my journey through life here in Effingham County. Growing up I always found it interesting to design things and be creative with everything that I did. I took my creativity through the Teutopolis school system meeting lots of great people and friends along the way. After graduation, I attended Lake Land College for a year, followed by the acceptance into the architecture program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Down at Southern is where I really took my skills and passion to the next level and In 2016 I earned a master of architecture.

I took my degree and all of the knowledge acquired into the workforce. Heritage builders gave me the opportunity to start my career here in Effingham as an architect. I have been with the company for the past three years which has led to many great opportunities. My career keeps me in constant connection with community leaders which led to my role on the CTEC board (Construction Trades Education Curriculum). CTEC is a program for the county high schools that teach students about the trades industry to advance their knowledge and skills creating more qualified candidates for work, education, and community opportunities.

I have gotten a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction from helping the community and making friends. That aspect sparked my interest in joining YBNext, to be a bigger part of the community and make friends along the way. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me and the YBNext community.”




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