Now is the time for Michigan high school seniors to pursue college dreams

State Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education Brian Whiston recently provided guest commentary to Bridge Magazine supporting Michigan College Month. The following is an excerpt from his piece. To read the full op-ed, please visit Bridge Magazine.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared October “Michigan College Month” and I’m proud to support the governor and other education organizations’ efforts to increase postsecondary education in Michigan.

Getting students focused on a path that excites and inspires them will help prepare them for postsecondary success and a fulfilling career. Our goal to have Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years will assist our students in this effort and drive a prosperous Michigan now and into the future.

Michigan College Month aims to help ease the stress of the college application process by dedicating time and resources to ensure all high school seniors have submitted at least one college application, applied for at least one scholarship and have filed the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Special efforts are being made to reach out to low-income students and to students who would be the first in their family to attend college.

Last year, the Governor appointed two powerful commissions, comprised of experts in their respective fields. These leaders spent months examining data to better understand the education and economic needs of Michigan in the years to come.  The result of these commissions was the 21st Century Education Commission and 21st Century Economic Commission reports.

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Posted: Oct. 23, 2017

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