Top 5 Reasons to Attend the MCAN Conference

The Michigan College Access Network’s 8th annual conference will be here before you know it, so we encourage you to register now — you won’t want to miss it. 

The conference is scheduled for March 12-13 and the theme is “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Talent,” because we understand the importance of growing talent in Michigan. By advocating for better programs and initiatives, students have a better support system to pursue education after high school.

Why else should you register? Check out our top 5 reasons below:

#1: Awards
This year, there are eight award categories that recognize the extraordinary work throughout Michigan to improve postsecondary attainment. These awards honor individuals and organizations that have made a remarkable impact on increasing college readiness, participation and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income and first-generation students and students of color. 

#2 Breakout sessions
This year’s conference boasts nearly 40 breakout sessions between five session blocks, providing attendees a great variety of options.

Here is just a few of the breakout sessions to spark your interest:

  • Have it Your Way Campus Visits
  • Helping Students Create a Balanced College List Using Match and Fit
  • Crossing the FAFSA Line
  • Evaluating Pre-College Programs: Strategies and Opportunities
  • Better College Essays in Less Time 

#3 Pre-conference opportunities
This year’s pre-conference includes four workshops to choose from:

  • Advocating for Attainment
  • Utilizing MCAN Statewide Initiatives to Build Momentum in Your School
  • Community College 101: Understanding the Path to a Degree through Michigan's Community Colleges
  • Serving Undocumented, DACAmented and Immigrant Students 

#4 Extraordinary Keynote Speakers
This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Michele Siqueiros and a representative from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Dr. Pehrsson is Professor and Dean for Education and Human Services, Director of Professional Education and oversees the Centers for Charter Schools and STEM Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). Michele Siqueiros is President of the Campaign for College Opportunity in Los Angeles.

Siqueiros will kick off the conference on March 12 discussing how we must keep an equity lens while building the multiple pathways to college. Dr. Pehrsson will open Day 2 discussing how we can work together to enhance college readiness among underserved student populations. Wrapping up the conference as our final keynote speaker is a representative from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles who will share FCA’s commitment to talent development and postsecondary education and discuss how other business leaders can connect with local college access efforts.

#5 College Fair for Practitioners
Back by popular demand, more than 30 colleges from across Michigan will be available to share information about their wrap around support programs the institution provides for target student populations.

Registration closes Feb. 26. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. We’ve got a package option for everyone!



Author: Lisa King, Communication Consultant
Posted: Feb. 15, 2018

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