2018 Blog Review

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is grateful for our 31 blog offers of 2018! MCAN’s college access blog is a platform utilized to share the success stories and initiatives that are making strides toward advancing college access. Before the year comes to a close, we would like to reflect on all the amazing efforts and accounts that we published this year.

Advanced Maritime Academy Reflections: 

My Experience at Maritime Academy
Author: Ann Konarski, Lapeer County CAN! Coordinator

Navigating Challenges and Sharing Insight at the Maritime Academy
Author: Melissa Miller, WE CAN! Newaygo County Student Advancement Consultant

Maritime Training: A Compass and North Star to Guide our Work
Author: Mark Litt, Wayne County College Access Network College Access Coordinator

Adviser Blog Series:

The birth of the “Bro Code”
Author: J'Mesha Anderson, AdviseMI Adviser, Henry Ford Academy

Advising Two Schools, Achieving One Goal
Author: Mary Wilson, Second-year AdviseMI Adviser Maple Valley High School & Relevant Academy  

Two Years of Preparing for Michigan College Month: An Adviser's Perspective
Author: Nedra Hall, Second-Year AdviseMI Adviser, Fitzgerald High School 

What Service means to me: An Adviser's Reflection
Author: Alexa Girouard, Second-Year AdviseMI Adviser, Belding High School

Mastering Service: An Adviser's Reflection
Author: Brittany Hall, College Adviser, Ferndale High School

Alumni Adviser Blog Series:

Alumni Feature: Lindsay Mieden
Author: Lindsay Mieden, MA, SCL, LLPC, School Counselor (A-K), Gabriel Richard Catholic High School

Award Winner Features:

Author: Jennifer Brown, School Counselor and Early College Coordinator, Bullock Creek High School

In the Community:

Expanding Early College in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Author: Chelsea Hart, Early College Liaison, Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District Michigan Nonprofit Association AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Are there Invisible Students on Your Campus?
Author: Pam Kies-Lowe, State Coordinator for Homeless Education Michigan Department of Education, Office of Educational Supports

Breaking Barriers as a First-Generation College Student
Author: Felipe Lopez Sustaita, Executive Director of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan  

Innovative Program Grant Tales of Success: 

Leveraging Innovation for College Readiness
Author: Jenny Griffen, Development and Communications Manager West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

Pursuing Persistence and Completion: Innovative Program Grant jump starts Washtenaw's Community Scholarship Program
Author: Ashley Kryscynski, formerly the Coordinator for Washtenaw Futures

Legislative Work:

MCAN Legislative Recap
Author: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, MCAN 

Higher education costs are out of hand, keeping degrees out of reach
Author: Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy

Michigan Needs to Commit to “Total Talent”
Author: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network 
Author: John Austin, Director of the Michigan Economic Center, Former President of Michigan State Board of Education

MCAN Updates: 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the MCAN Conference
Author: Lisa King, Communication Consultant

MCAN is Moving!
Author: Vicky L. Wright, Operations Manager, MCAN 

Stronger Nation, Stronger Michigan: 2018 Update on Michigan’s Progress Toward Goal 2025
Author: Jamie Jacobs, Senior Director of Capacity Building, MCAN

2018 College Advocacy Day Recap
Author: Emma Walter, Strategy Assistant, MCAN

Decision Day 2018 Recap: Celebrating the Journey to Higher Education
Connor McLaughlin, Former Program Associate, MCAN

MCAN Legislative Recap
Author: Brandy Johnson, Executive Director

College Adviser to Admissions Counselor
Author: Dan Mitchell, Northern Michigan University Admissions Counselor, MCAN Board Member

Gearing Up for Michigan College Month
Author: Joan Helwig, Marlette Jr./Sr. High School Counselor

My “Drive” for College Access
Author: Christopher Tremblay, Director of External Engagement, Michigan College Access Network

School Counselor Highlights:

#NSCW18: Why I Love Being A School Counselor
Guest Author: Cathy Longstreet, Counselor, Hastings High School  

Second Year Adviser Feature Stories:

Adviser Spotlight: Kanyn Doan
Author: Kanyn Doan, AdviseMI Adviser Alumna

Adviser Spotlight: Ashley Popp
Author: Ashley Popp, AdviseMI Adviser Alumna

Adviser Spotlight: Simone Dixon
Author: Simone Dixon, AdviseMI Adviser Alumna

MCAN features people and partners in the community who are doing exceptional work in the college access field. If you would like to be considered for a spotlight feature or learn more, please contact Emma Walter, MCAN's strategy assistant for external engagement, by sending an email to Emma(a)micollegeaccess.org.

Author: Emma Walter
Posted: December 18, 2018

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