Isa Adney to bring story of community college success to Logansport, Kokomo

Ivy Tech students, community invited to presentations Sept. 9 and 10

Isa Adney bookKOKOMO, Ind. – Author, speaker, blogger, YouTube video host and nationally recognized spokesperson for first-generation college students, Isa Adney will bring her message of how to succeed in community college to Logansport Sept. 9 and Kokomo Sept. 10. Students, faculty and members of the community are all invited to attend her presentations scheduled as part of “Commit to Complete Week” sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa chapters of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region.

Adney will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Community Room at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Alumni Hall at Ivy Tech’s main building in Kokomo. The campuses’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society for community college students, is using the week to encourage Ivy Tech students to “commit to complete” their chosen course of study and earn their degrees.

Adney is well-qualified to speak about college completion and success at a community college. A first-generation college student, she entered community college with fear and anxiety but left with success – a member of Phi Theta Kappa and winner of a $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship for further education. She is the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and she went on to earn her Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Adney realized that too many community college, first-generation, and low-income college students drop out of college because they don’t have people in their lives who believe in them. She realized that if she could teach students how to reach out to the college community that surrounds them – the college community that helped her reach her dreams – they too would be able to overcome the immense barriers they face in order to complete college and reach their dreams.

Her groundbreaking book “Community College Success” was published by NorLights Press in March 2012 and is used in colleges across the country. She was recently named by GOOD Magazine one of the Top 100 People Moving the World Forward.

After spending a few years working at a community college, Adney is a full-time speaker, author, host, and consultant, advocating for students across the country to help bridge the opportunity divide and give more students the chance to break the cycles of poverty through education. She also serves on the board of directors for the Florida College System Foundation.

Adney shares advice with students across the country on her blog and YouTube channel, and founded the #SoCanU Project to help students around the world share their college success stories. She is also the host of TCC22′s college success television show “The SKiNNY on College Success”.

For additional information on the program, contact Dani McQuaide, director of Student Life for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region, at 765-459-0561, ext. 263, or by email at


About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit
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