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About Isa Adney an American Success Story

“A Community College Superstar!” – The White House Blog

Isa Adney (Ee-suh Add-nee) is a national spokesperson for community college success, helping students to avoid student loan debt and break cycles of poverty by choosing community college, and ensuring that choice is a wise investment in their future by connecting with people who can catapult them to wealth, success, and a job that they actually enjoy.

Isa is the author of the book COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS, and has been featured in publications such as The White House blog, USA Today, U.S. News, and The Lumina Foundation, and has been featured on local and national television shows such as the ABC-affiliate CityLine, Urban Update, FOX 35 Good Day, and The Daily Buzz.

Isa shares her success story and core strategies as a speaker to colleges and universities around the country and shares free content to help students succeed on her blog Isa is also the Education and Community Columnist for Fox News Latino and is the host of the college success show on TCC Channel 22, premiering Fall 2012.

Isa Adney grew up in a lower middle class family and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Her grandparents moved from Puerto Rico to New York City because there weren’t any jobs in Puerto Rico. They didn’t speak a word of English when they came to the United States; her grandfather worked as a janitor for most of his life and her grandmother as a maid. Her father went to community college but never made it to a university. It took time for Adney to realize that students from wealthier families had a head start in life, but she learned that even though the playing field wasn’t fair, it didn’t mean she couldn’t win.

Adney shares her personal story in her book COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS so historically underrepresented groups in higher education can learn how build a community to help them achieve an education and a life far beyond their dreams and family histories.
Adney graduated from Seminole Community College (now called Seminole State College of Florida), in May 2007, where she received the $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She transferred to Stetson University and received her B.A. in Communications in May 2009. She has an M.Ed in Training and Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and after working in a community college for three years in Admissions and Student Life, she is now a full-time author, speaker, and consultant.

Adney is married and lives in Orlando, Florida.