ISACorps Alumni Newsletter
ISACorps Alumni Newsletter
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Fall 2021 ISACorps Alumni E-Newsletter

Be Informed. Food for Thought. Resources.

In this Issue

Welcome to the ISACorps Alumni quarterly e-newsletter! Visit the ISACorps Alumni webpage to access the newsletter, join the ISACorps Alumni directory, and read more about ISACorps alumni updates and announcements.

News & Announcements

One-on-One Conversations Build Connections and Community Among Alums and ISACorps Returners

ISAC Alumni Relations added a new feature to Alumni Connections programming, to better support the development of a strong connection between ISACorps alumni and ISACorps returners: one-on-one chats. While ISACorps returners have been invited to attend our Alumni Connections events, we learned that our returners were interested in talking more directly with alums who shared their career interests.

Taking that feedback to heart, we’ve started a process where returners can complete a form designating their career and other interests. We then match those interests to those of our alums and facilitate a direct connection between alums and returners with shared career interests. More than 30 alums engaged with ISACorps returners in September and October through the one-on-one conversations we facilitated.

One alum shared, “It was a positive conversation and I think we both were able to gain some good insights. I think these conversations also help develop good relationships and networking contacts.”

One ISACorps returner shared, “It was great to discuss how the Corps has changed and how each person transitioned to jobs after the Corps. I also enjoyed learning about different work environments. There are a lot of different ways to find work after ISAC. The alums had good tips about how to land a job. It was also interesting to hear about their career journeys and learn about what they do.”

We look forward to more fruitful conversations in the upcoming year.

Where Are They Now?

There are 532 ISACorps Alumni; 416 alumni have completed at least one year of service with the ISACorps since 2009. We have current employment information for 70% of our alums and continue to work to reach out to all our alums. If you have not already, join the ISACorps Alumni Directory by completing and submitting this form. And if you know an ISACorps alum who isn’t in our directory, please forward this information to them so we can connect!

Career Fields Chart - Ed College 42.51%; Ed HS 11.15%; Ed Other 10.8%; Human Services 10.1%; Business 9.76%; Etc.

Career Planning Session with Alumni

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Building social capital is key to marketing yourself in today’s workforce. College Access and Outreach held their annual career planning session for ISACorps returners and alumni on November 19, 2021. Alums were represented from the following industries: Higher Education/K-12, Government & Public Administration, and Human/Social Services. We are looking forward to being able to host an in-person alumni event in 2022, depending of course on state, local, and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

Get your free alumni t-shirt and pin—our gift to you for the holidays!

If you haven’t already received one of our new alumni t-shirts, we want to send you one! We truly appreciate your dedication and service to the ISACorps and would like to send you an ISACorps alumni t-shirt and pin acknowledging your service. Fill out this form as soon as you can, and you should receive your alumni gear in 1-2 weeks.
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Job opportunities!

Looking for a new job? Check out these positions! If you know of any job opportunities in your area and would like to share them with your fellow ISACorps alumni or current ISACorps members, please email Tiffany Sharp directly at

Monthly Alumni Connections

Monthly Alumni Connections will resume once Tiffany returns in March. Join our monthly Alumni Connection event to network with your fellow ISACorps alums, old and new. Think of this as an informal mid-week gathering to reconnect with former colleagues, create new relationships, meet partners in various industries, and grow your professional network. All virtual chats will be held on the last Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 6pm CST.
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2 questions to uncover your passion- and turn it into a career

What's your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses -- and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.
Watch Noeline’s Talk

The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Watch Brené’s Talk
Audra Clodfelter

Audra Clodfelter

Audra Clodfelter recently assumed the role of Executive Director at the Olney and Greater Richland County Chamber of Commerce in Olney, Illinois. In this role, Audra promotes local businesses, encourages tourism to the region, and supports community projects that enrich the lives of Richland County residents. Audra is passionate about local philanthropy and community building, and believes this role is an opportunity to demonstrate the values she learned in her previous work at Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in Effingham, Illinois.
Audra served in the ISACorps from 2010 to 2014 in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges district. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Greenville University, and her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Eastern Illinois University. She currently resides in Olney with her husband, Noah, and two children: Micah, age 4 and Owen, age 1.

Looking to Earn Continuing Education Credits?

Did you know that ISAC awards Continuing Education (CE) credits and Professional Development (PD) hours to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour? To receive CE credits, participants must attend each session in its entirety and complete an ISAC evaluation form. To receive PD hours, participants must complete an ISBE evaluation form and submit their Illinois Educator Identification Number (EIN) to the Professional Development staff at ISAC’s Division of Capacity Development and Training offers professional development opportunities throughout Illinois for counselors, mentors, college access professionals, and community partners who are assisting students with the college-going and financial aid process.
Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Trainings and Conferences

Register for NASFAA's 2022 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo
Since 1971, NASFAA has offered a leadership conference to provide intensive preparation for NASFAA members who hold leadership positions and those about to assume such positions. While the original name of the conference has been modified over the years and the content expanded, the purpose of the conference remains the same: to deliver knowledge, perspective, and insight into management issues facing current and future financial aid leaders. If you are a financial aid administrator who wants to grow professionally, expand your network, and become a leader on campus, in your association, or in your profession, this learning opportunity is designed for you.
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Save the Date: 60 by 25 Virtual Annual Conference is February 28–March 3
The 2022 annual Illinois 60 by 25 Network Conference, Equity First: Building Toward a Better Future and Revitalizing Learning will be held virtually from February 28–March 3, 2022. The conference is free to attend, and you can expect to find the engaging, high-quality conference content you have counted on since 2014. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information. Hope to see you there!
For more webinars visit the alumni page here.
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