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AdviseMI program is recruiting college advisers for 2020-21 school year

37 positions available throughout the state of Michigan

Jan. 22, 2020 — LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network’s AdviseMI program, also known as Advise Michigan, is now hiring 37 college advisers for the 2020-21 school year. These AmeriCorps advisers serve in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly high schools in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates. Applications for these adviser positions can be submitted using the website listed below.

Recent bachelor’s degree or master’s degree recipients serve alongside high school counselors and other school professionals to support students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Advisers serve full time and focus on advising students through the complex steps toward college enrollment. Advisers provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a postsecondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes.

“Serving in this AmeriCorps role is an outstanding way to begin your professional career,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “Following their service, our advisers go onto prestigious graduate programs, careers in higher education, and beyond.”

This service role provides an annual stipend of $25,000, four weeks of all-expense paid college access/preparation training, health insurance, and a $6,195 education award to pay back student loans or pursue graduate education.

Applicants must also be a United States citizen, a national or a legal permanent resident and at least 18 years old. Proof of age and citizenship will be required during the selection process.

To learn more about the hiring process and eligibility requirements, visit: micollegeaccess.org/adviser.

ABOUT ADVISEMI
AdviseMI, an AmeriCorps program through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), has grown to become one of the largest programs in the state to improve access to higher education. Typically, 56 AmeriCorps members serve as college advisers in more than 70 high schools across the state, providing college access resources to high school students. AdviseMI works to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education by placing well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates.

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)
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 eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45% as of 2019. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.

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Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay
Email: christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: (517) 816-7774

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Michigan College Access Network invests additional $40,000 to continue support of the Winning Futures Workforce Prep Pilot Program

Grant will serve a cohort of students for three years 

Jan. 6, 2020 — LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is investing $40,000 over three years to support the launch of the Winning Futures Workforce Prep pilot program in Warren. The program will serve at least 80 students in a cohort from Warren Mott and Harper Woods high schools from 11th grade through their first year of postsecondary education. This is the third Innovative Program Grant that MCAN has awarded to Winning Futures.

  • The pilot program goals include:
  • Students applying to at least one postsecondary education option while in the program.
  • Students’ completion of their first year of postsecondary education toward becoming credentialed in their career path.
  • Increased confidence in professionalism.
  • Improved workplace behaviors and broader professional networks.
  • Completed resume with workplace experience.

“Our students — the majority of whom are low-income, first-generation college-goers, and/or minorities — face an uphill battle in obtaining the education and connections to get into a financially stable career,” said Kris Marshall, president and CEO of Winning Futures. “This program exposes them to postsecondary education options, careers and professional environments, preparing them for their future.”

“MCAN is excited to continue our investment in Winning Futures because their work aligns with MCAN’s mission of increasing college attainment and providing opportunities for students to plan for their future,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “A key element of this program is the inclusion of an alumni year to maintain contact with students after high school graduation.”

MCAN’s Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund initiatives that increase college readiness, enrollment and completion in communities across the state. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $385,000 in 36 Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout Michigan.

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)
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 eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45% as of 2019. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.

ABOUT WINNING FUTURES
Winning Futures, an award-winning nonprofit, empowers students through life skills and mentoring programs. Through their evidence-based and structured Workforce Prep program, students throughout metro Detroit are immersed in a four-year experiential curriculum that includes in-class mentoring, life skills development, goal setting, job readiness training and career exploration. With help from volunteer mentors and partnerships with the business community, students are transformed into self-reliant, employable and productive adults. Since 1994, Winning Futures has positively impacted 49,000 students and awarded $1.9 million in scholarships.

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Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay
Email: christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: (517) 816-7774

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MCAN receives $150,000 grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Grant supports new and continuing statewide college access initiatives

Dec. 2019 – LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has received a $150,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. This grant will support college readiness, enrollment and completion activities to help MCAN make progress toward the “Sixty by 30” goal. This grant contributes to a required funding match connected to a Kresge Foundation grant MCAN received in April.

This first-ever grant from the foundation will support these MCAN initiatives in Southeast Michigan:
· AdviseMI college advising program.
· Community Ambassadors in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
· Local College Access Network (LCAN) and Michigan Works! staff training.
· Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART).
· Roadmap to Opportunity “stackable credentials” outreach materials.
· Annual educational conference.

“This significant investment by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will help us to have an impact on students across Michigan,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “We’re excited when new funders invest in college access in all its forms, and we are grateful the foundation understands the importance of this work. Thank you to the Foundation and thank you to our partners at The Kresge Foundation for this challenge.”

“MCAN is doing great work in Michigan and our region to help students connect with the resources they need to take the next steps in their careers and education,” said Lavea Brachman, vice president of programs at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “The Foundation values the innovative and collaborative approach that MCAN uses to succeed in moving the needle for college and other post-secondary degree access in Michigan.”

ABOUT THE RALPH C. WILSON, JR. FOUNDATION
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit rcwjrf.org.

ABOUT MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN has a mission 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 eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a postsecondary certificate, bringing Michigan’s official 2019 attainment rate to 45%. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org. 

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Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay
Email: christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: (517) 816-7774

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Michigan College Access Network awards $60,000 grant to Grow Benzie

Two-year award supports implementation of college access strategy for BEST Benzie County Local College Access Network

Dec. 2019 – LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced the Building Education Success and Training (BEST) Benzie County Local College Access Network will receive a $60,000 implementation grant over two years to support their continued work facilitating a collective impact framework for increasing the college-going and completion rates in Benzie County.

MCAN’s Implementation Grants are used to activate the network as well as execute collaborative, data-driven strategic action plans. Networks with these grants also form action teams for priority areas, formalize partnership agreements and refine an asset map.

“Using our common agenda, we are focused on increasing our community’s FAFSA completion rate and college enrollment rate,” said Joshua Stoltz, executive director of Grow Benzie. “We are looking forward to hiring our first permanent coordinator to facilitate this important work.”

Local college access networks (LCANs) set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data-gathering and analysis, report results, and engage cross-sector partners in meeting goals. These LCANs coordinate programs, services and resources that lower the barriers preventing students, particularly low-income and first-generation college-going students and students of color, from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities.

“Benzie County has built a strong foundation during their planning process as evidenced by their 19-member leadership team, shared vision, and strong data dashboard,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “They are leading the way for college access work in northern Michigan.”

ABOUT MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN has a mission 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 eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a postsecondary certificate, bringing Michigan’s official 2019 attainment rate to 45%. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.

ABOUT BEST BENZIE COUNTY
BEST Benzie County is a countywide collaborative unified around the success of our children, county students and adult learners and the county’s economic well-being. Community agencies, businesses, educational institutions, local units of government, nonprofit organizations and others have committed to developing an educational path that will prepare all Benzie County students and residents — from early childhood through post-secondary education — for productive careers. The vision of BEST Benzie County is to promote a positive culture where education is valued and provide options that support high educational aspirations for all and continuing education and options including training and military service.

ABOUT GROW BENZIE
Established in 2008 by a group of local residents, Grow Benzie’s mission is to enrich the Benzie County region by fostering positive action to increase access to healthful foods, jobs, life skills and each other by providing a community place that supports and nurtures these activities. Grow Benzie’s primary goal is to deliver strong programs that align with its mission and to meet community needs.

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Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay
Email: christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: (517) 816-7774

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