Lyndon State College announced the hiring of Danielle Isabelle-Berrien as the new director of Career Services. She comes to LSC after decades of practical administrative experience at institutes of higher learning including the University of Arizona and Pima Community College (PCC). She was also an adjunct faculty member at Pima. Isabelle-Berrien received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University. She takes over the directorship from Linda Wacholder who was at LSC for 26 years.
Isabelle-Berrien began her career working for the Peace Corps as vocational program director in Dominica, West Indies. It was there where she designed a teaching curriculum for a three-year high school home economics program. “In fact,” she said, “I’ve been doing something like this my whole life.”
She initiated the “Meet a Professional Series” at PCC for students to learn career options for three different major campus programs. Isabelle-Berrien also advised students on admission, registration, and program requirements and assisted students with major and career exploration issues. In May 2013, she was a co-presenter at a regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Symposium on advising first generation students.
At LSC, the director of Career Services is responsible for providing and coordinating career planning and placement services and counseling and training students in the job search process. The director arranges on-campus visits by employers and graduate schools and publicizes job openings, internships, and work-study positions. She offers individual counseling, instruction, and assistance to students.
Isabelle-Berrien has introduced “Work It Wednesdays” for LSC students: free group workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, and tips to prepare for graduate school. She has also started a series of informal lunchtime gatherings for nontraditional students to meet and discuss their unique problems and concerns.
She is keen to see students use the resources available at their fingertips. “We have a ton of resources,” she said. “It’s beneficial if students come in before their junior or senior year…our goal is to see them as freshman. I learned about the Peace Corps from the career services office while still in college. And it gave me the idea about graduate school.”
The Barre, Vermont, native sees this job as a terrific opportunity to give back to the community. “I’m a first-in-family, middle income student like so many of our current students. I understand them because I came from this population. These are my people.”