NCAN is Coming to Michigan: Join Us in Detroit!

The National College Access Network is heading to Detroit, Michigan on September 19-21 for this year’s annual conference, Driving Postsecondary Education For All. This is incredibly exciting for those in Michigan’s college access movement and the team at MCAN is thrilled to welcome our colleagues from across the country to our backyard. This conference is the largest gathering of college access professionals in the country and, without a doubt, will leave you feeling inspired and connected.

The national conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase Michigan’s strong college access and success network. Michigan has been driving a number of leading college access strategies for some time and calling for community leaders to reach higher. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s degree attainment rate has increased. Fueling the growing college-going culture in the state are nearly 50 local college access networks, including the Detroit College Access Network.

We are not afraid to try new strategies and Detroit is no stranger to innovation. Detroit helped inspire NCAN’s recent FAFSA Completion Challenge grant and was awarded funding to support current FAFSA completion efforts. By establishing a citywide strategy for FAFSA completion, the city of Detroit substantially increased FAFSA completion from 54 percent in 2012 to 70 percent in 2013. Last year, the Detroit College Access Network helped host First Lady Michelle Obama for its first-ever citywide College Signing Day event. And more recently, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that graduates of Detroit high schools can attend two years at a local community college tuition-free. The Detroit Promise last-dollar scholarship will be available to graduates of any Detroit public, private, or charter high school.

Registration Challenge

NCAN, The Kresge Foundation and MCAN have set a goal to get 1,000 people to the D – and I know the Michigan network will help us meet that goal. Take advantage of this incredible networking and learning experience while it’s in our state and register today.

Registration is $595 for NCAN members and $695 for non-members, if you register by August 26. If your organization registered five or more people, there is a $25 discount per person. NCAN is also offering scholarship sponsor opportunities that would allow for organizations to sponsor the conference and receive 10-40 registrations as part of the sponsorship package.

This may be the one and only time that there is an opportunity to attend the NCAN conference without having to incur significant airfare costs, so let’s take advantage of it. Let’s welcome our national friends and show them why we’re proud of the college access and success movement in Michigan.

See you in Detroit!


Author: Brandy Johnson, executive director
Posted: June 8, 2016

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