Community Collaboration: DCAN Secures Community Partnership for Attainment Grant

LCAN Spotlight: Detroit College Access Network

You've heard of Goal 2025, but did you know there are now 75 communities across the country working strategically with Lumina Foundation to develop goals and action plans to drive their community toward increased postsecondary attainment? This summer Detroit was selected to join the cities in Lumina Foundation's Community Partnership for Attainment. The Detroit College Access Network is leading the efforts and most recently received access to a $170,000 allocation over a 2.5 year period tied to the achievement of their goals.

LuminaVideoLumina's strategy is designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. The collaborative effort connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and the ability to customize attainment plans that will best suit each community's needs and the well-being of its residents. 

The Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) focuses on serving all high school students in Detroit, with a concerted effort on low-income students, first-generation college going students, African American males, and Latino students. The purpose of DCAN's collaboration is to increase postsecondary attainment among low-income students of color in Detroit high schools by promoting a college-going culture that removes aspirational, academic and financial barriers; by aiding students in the transition from high school to college to ensure that they successfully enroll in high quality postsecondary institutions; and by working with postsecondary institutions to ensure that they persist and graduate.

Lumina's goal for this work is to mobilize all sectors in a community to improve postsecondary attainment. Communities, including Detroit, partner with Lumina and national thought leaders through 2016 to establish attainment goals.

DCAN's goal is to see at least a 5% increase in the local college enrollment rate from 49% to 54% by 2016. It will be accomplished by improving the citywide college access environment for students and counselors by improving and aligning resources for navigating the college-going process. Over the next two years, the number and the level of trainings for counselors advising students on college in the city will also be increased. Due to this and other citywide strategies, students will become more aware of and prepared for the pre-college steps necessary to be on postsecondary pathways starting in the middle school grades.

"It is our intention that Lumina's support will bolster the great work already being done in our Partnership cities, improving results there and showing cities across the country just how transformational education can be for communities' social, economic and civic strength," said Haley Glover, strategy director at Lumina Foundation overseeing this work.

To learn more about the Detroit College Access Network please contact Ashley Johnson at ajohnson(a)excellentschoolsdetroit.org or visit http://moveed.org/partner/detroitcollegenetwork/.

To learn more about Lumina Foundation's Community Partnership for Attainment Grant visit www.luminafoundation.org/grants/community_partnership.html

Lisa King headshot 2013Author: Lisa King, public relations consultant for the Michigan College Access Network

Posted: November 12, 2014

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