Reflecting on 2018: A Year of Gaining Momentum

Happy New Year! As we enter 2019, we can't help but look back on some of the exciting and new accomplishments that happened at MCAN in 2018. It was a year of momentum and energy. We are excited to see what 2019 brings!

In 2018, the MCAN staff:

  • Awarded $1.13 million in grants to more than 41 different organizations across the state;
  • Engaged 346 high schools in the Michigan College Month campaign and 291 high schools in the College Cash Campaign;
  • Celebrated a $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation for AdviseMI;
  • Trained 60 LCAN colleagues at our combined Maritime Academy and coached 27 Local College Access Networks in their collective impact work;
  • AdviseMI received one Outstanding National Service Award;
  • Awarded 10,177 SCECHs through MCAN’s various training opportunities;
  • Said goodbye to Sarah Anthony (now State Rep. Anthony) after eight years of service to MCAN and to Connor McLaughlin after two years of service to MCAN;
  • Welcomed three new staff members: Shavonna Green, Jahshua Smith, and Christopher Tremblay;
  • Moved to a new office at 200 N. Washington Square in downtown Lansing;
  • Welcomed 692 members in our first year of membership;
  • Released the Total Talent report in partnership with 15 Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART) members;
  • Hosted 100 students during Michelle Obama’s book tour event in Detroit; 
  • Leveraged a new partnership with scholarship platform Scholly impacting 10,000 students at 82 high schools; and
  • Recognized an additional 82 school counselors among 45 counties for completing the Postsecondary Planning Training Course and launched the Advanced Counselor Training course modules with 101 completers. 

Watch for our annual report to be released this spring, where we will elaborate more about our 2018 accomplishments. To everyone who has dedicated their time, energy and support, we at the Michigan College Access Network thank you!

 

Author: Christopher Tremblay, MCAN director of external engagement
Posted: Jan. 3, 2019

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