Friday, March 27, 2009

Illinois Student Assistance Corps now hiring soon-to-be college grads

Disclaimer -- the author of this entry, JP Paulus, works for the Illinois Student Assistance Corporation.

Also, PLEASE read the notes at the bottom of this entry -- they are very important for those applying!
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Making College Affordable for Illinois Students Since 1957
Friday, March 06, 2009
Media Affairs Contacts:
Paul Palian , 312-814-3679 (Direct), 312-590-7790 (Cell),
Emergency , 312-814-3689 or 312-590-9432

Recent Grad? Graduating Soon? ISAC Has a Job for You!

Agency seeks “a few good grads” to serve students and families throughout the state

Deerfield, Ill.—The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announces it is hiring 78 positions in conjunction with All-Access Illinois, a college access initiative seeking to unify ISAC’s many valuable outreach services, products, and initiatives into one comprehensive campaign designed to engage students from lower-income families in planning for future post-secondary education.

Funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program, the initiative builds upon successful outreach strategies including College Access Vertical Teams, Illinois Mentor and KnowHow2GoIllinois with the creation of a 78-member Illinois Student Assistance Corps. The Corps will tremendously bolster ISAC's ability to expand its services and to provide high quality personal service to students in every single community in the state.

The purpose of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) is to foster partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

The Illinois Student Assistance Corps will be made up of recent college graduates recruited from the undergraduate class of 2009 and will be deployed across the state, with two Corps members assigned to each of the 39 community college districts in Illinois.

Corps members will build partnerships with local schools, businesses, and nonprofits in order to deliver free career and college planning and preparation services to students from families with no prior college-going experience. Assistance with career exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship searches, application completion and the financial aid process are examples of the services that the corps will provide.

"It’s a case of paying it forward. Many of the prospective Corps members we have met talk passionately about how they needed help navigating through the process as they prepared to go to college,” said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. “Now, they want to help the next generation of college students."

The hiring process has already begun, with applications due on Wednesday, April 15. Interviews will begin approximately three weeks later. The program provides Corps members with a two-year employment contract, beginning in June, 2009, that includes health insurance and ongoing training, plus provides networking opportunities and the opportunity to transform the lives of families throughout the state.

For more information or to apply, contact JP Paulus at 800-899-ISAC (4722), extension 3845, or send a resume and cover letter to

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to obtain financial aid for higher education. A state agency, ISAC has paved the path to post-secondary education with innovative programs for more than 50 years. Last year alone, ISAC continued its mission to make college affordable for Illinois students by issuing 185,000 grants and scholarships totaling more than $448 million.

The Commission coordinates educational funding with student loans, as a loan guarantor and via numerous public programs such as the successful Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Illinois Veteran Grant and College Illinois! sm the Commission’s groundbreaking 529 prepaid college tuition program. Students and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information at


A couple of notes --
  • We have at least 110 people who would like a position in the Chicago & neighboring college districts. So the odds of you getting a position locally are very slim-to-none.
  • We could use people are willing to move to downstate Illinois (such as the farming counties). It will be cross cultural, and you can choose to stay after 2 years, or move back to Chicago, armed with experience and networking skills.
  • We are accepting resumes now. Once a resume has been received, we can go on to the next stage. That closes on April 15.

No comments:

Post a Comment

PLEASE READ FIRST!!!! Comment Moderating and Anonymous Comment Policy

While anonymous comments are not prohibited we do encourage you to help readers identify you so that other commenters may respond to you. Either read the moderating policy for how or leave an identifier (which could be a nickname for example) at the end of the comment.

Also note that this blog is NOT associated with any public or political officials including Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer!