MCAN thanks Gov. Snyder’s support to maintain college access initiatives
Proposed budget will support postsecondary education and career readiness initiatives
The following statement is from Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to Governor Snyder’s 2018 budget proposal.
Feb. 8, 2017 - “We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and his bold decision to increase funding to support postsecondary education and college access initiatives. Specifically, we congratulate the Governor on his recommendations to increase funding for public university operations by $36.6 million and student financial aid by $16.3 million, while maintaining support for MCAN’s college access initiatives. The data is clear — postsecondary education is essential to prepare Michigan residents for current and future workforce demands and for the economic vitality of our state. Michigan must continue to invest in higher education in order for residents to develop the skills needed as we shift to a knowledge-based economy. The governor’s support for higher education as a gateway to higher-paying, meaningful careers will ultimately advance opportunity in Michigan. Governor Snyder’s budget allocations send a clear message that Michigan is putting our students first and helping ensure that students are developing the skills required to obtain good jobs and good wages. MCAN is committed to working with the Snyder administration to prepare our students for success and working toward our goal of increasing the number of Michigan residents with postsecondary credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.”
About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.