After a few years she wanted to teach at a larger school and took her skills to another new job, being in charge of the business secretarial program at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa in the 1970s. Lillian said she was teaching the same skills that she had taught to students throughout her career, typing, shorthand and other business courses. At Indian Hills she would also help place her students at jobs and visit them at their work. That was a very enjoyable part of her job.
“I placed students on the job and then visited them periodically and talked to their employers,” said Lillian. “It was really neat and I really enjoyed that.”
While teaching at IHCC, Lillian met her husband, Eugene, who was also teaching at the school even though both were originally from South Dakota. They have been married for 38 years. While at IHCC Lillian also became a member of the group Professional Secretaries International. During her membership in the group, she served as president several times and she even remained a member for several years after the she moved to Centerville.
“I was actually president when we moved to Centerville,” said Lillian.
During her time teaching at IHCC Lillian also decided that she wanted to become a Certified Professional Secretary, which is today called a Certified Administrative Professional. The process is intensive and requires both professional experience as well as several tests of different skill areas. Today it might also require some kind of college degree.
Lillian and her friend, Ruby Myers, who was a secretary at John Deere at the time, decided to study for the exams together.
“We studied for I would say probably a couple years,” said Lillian. “And then we decided we were ready to take the test and then we applied for the test.”