In October 1966, Rachel Schroeder became one of the first employees of the newly opened Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. The college served portions of Champaign and surrounding counties. Schroeder worked initially as the secretary to the Parkland College President and Board of Trustees. She served in that capacity until her retirement in 2000. At the time of the interview she was still active with Parkland College as well as a Foundation Board member.