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Detroit High School Students Selected to Receive Free Tickets to See Michelle Obama

Detroit is of one of only 12 U.S. cities to host former first lady Michelle Obama

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) distributed 100 tickets to select students in Detroit to attend former first lady Michelle Obama’s book tour promoting her memoir, BECOMING.

Students from eight Detroit high schools attended the event:  Ford High School, Voyageur College Prep High School, Detroit School of Arts, King High School, Detroit Leadership Academy, Osborn High School, Cody High School and Frederick Douglass Academy. These high schools were selected because they either participate in MCAN’s AdviseMI program and are located in the City of Detroit, or they are highly engaged with the Detroit College Access Network (DCAN).

Obama and Live Nation donated 10 percent of the Detroit event tickets to various organizations, which included MCAN and DCAN.   

When asked about why these community tickets are so important to Mrs. Obama, she said:

“It was important to me that all sorts of people could come to the tour events, not just those with means or who happened to be by a computer when the tickets went on sale. That’s why we are giving away thousands of tickets to people around the country, particularly to young people striving to be their best. I want them to see themselves in my story—to see the value in the fullness of their lives and to imagine who they might become in the years ahead.”

The tour featured intimate and honest conversations with Obama, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her deeply personal book. Detroit high school students heard Mrs. Obama’s firsthand reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world.

Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. 

In candidly recounting moments from her own extraordinary journey, Obama also shared life lessons learned and inspired people to become the very best version of themselves. 

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ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA AND COLLEGE ACCESS

In 2014, while serving as first lady, Obama launched the Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. In 2015, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, Obama created the Better Make Room Campaign, to target Generation Z, young people ages 14-19, to celebrate education, change the national conversation, and reach students directly where they are and give them a space to create content while also navigating the college-going process.

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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. 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.

ABOUT THE DETROIT COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (DCAN)

The Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) is the coordinating body of cross-sector leaders and organizations in Detroit working together to ensure all Detroit students have the opportunity to attend college. DCAN’s mission is to increase post-secondary readiness, enrollment, and attainment so that all students in Detroit can achieve their educational dreams. DCAN is one of nearly 30 Local College Access Networks in the State of Michigan. For more information, visit detroitcan.org.

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Michigan Hispanic Collaborative receives Innovative Program Grant from Michigan College Access Network

The grant will support Hispanic youth by providing resources needed to succeed academically, professionally and economically.

Dec. 11, 2018 - LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MIHC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan was awarded a Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) Innovative Program Grant. This $10,000 award will be used to support Hispanic youth (ages 16-24) as they navigate from high school to college and careers. The comprehensive program, called “La Próxima Generación” (which translates to "the next generation"), aims to advance students socio-economically.

According to the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative, “Hispanics today comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population and are projected to be 31 percent by 2050. Despite these powerful numbers, the Hispanic community remains undereducated, underemployed and underrepresented. Without focused and strategic intervention, the Hispanic youth, remain at risk. Nationally, only 67 percent of  Hispanics finish high school and only 16 percent  finish college.”

“This grant creates a targeted model that supports cohorts of Hispanic youth through engaged mentoring and networking,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “This program aligns with MCAN’s focus on college access, readiness and completion for students of color. Regardless of ZIP code or ethnicity, all of Michigan’s students should understand they are college material.”

MIHC will work to bring together partner schools, businesses, industry, nonprofits, community leaders, and elected officials whose important efforts when harnessed can improve Hispanic economic mobility. The MIHC will identify gaps in services, partner to streamline efforts, leverage existing platforms, spot redundant processes and work to design innovative programming that maximizes Hispanic high school student and postsecondary academic and professional success.

Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment, and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $266,000 in 29 different Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout the state.

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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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. 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

ABOUT THE MICHIGAN HISPANIC COLLABORATIVE (MIHC)

The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MIHC) was created in September 2018 by a group of Hispanic leaders in Southeast Michigan. This group includes leaders from the Michigan House of Representatives, KPMG, DTE Energy, General Motors, among many other entities. The goal of the group was to create a high-level plan to improve the economic strength of the Hispanic community. For more information, visit michiganhispaniccollaborative.com

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MCAN Receives $50,000 Grant from FCA Foundation to Increase Enrollment of Metro-Detroit Students in College Degree and Career Certificate Programs

Dec. 6, 2018 - LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has received a $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, to increase the percent of Detroiters with high quality degrees and certificates. The grant will support MCAN's AdviseMI program, which helps low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color navigate the complex college exploration, admissions and financial aid process.

“This substantial investment in postsecondary attainment efforts by the FCA Foundation will increase our capacity to serve students in the Metropolitan Detroit area,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director and founder of the Michigan College Access Network.

AdviseMI provides critical college access resources to nearly 4,200 students and their families across the Metropolitan Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). College advisers placed at 22 high-need schools by AdviseMI, assist students and their families through a step-by-step process of applying for and enrolling in postsecondary education.

“We (FCA Foundation) believe that education is a cornerstone for empowering people and building strong, resilient communities,” said Christine Estereicher, FCA Foundation CEO and Director, State Affairs, Civic Engagement & External Affairs, FCA US LLC. “Working in partnership with MCAN and other community organizations, we can significantly impact the educational and career outcomes of this generation of students, as well as the next.”  

AdviseMI advisers will increase college applications and financial aid application completions and post-secondary enrollment as leading indicators of increased persistence to, and completion of, high quality certificates and degrees. Over time, these efforts will help MCAN achieve its "Big Goal"  -- 60 percent of Michigan’s residents will have a post-secondary degree or credential by the year 2025.

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ABOUT ADVISE MICHIGAN (ADVISEMI)
Established in 2015, AdviseMI currently has 56 college advisers placed in 71 high schools in Michigan. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. The advisers are recent college graduates from partner colleges. After an intensive four-week training, advisers help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete financial aid applications, secure financial aid and matriculate to college. 

In June 2018, AdviseMI received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

ABOUT THE FCA FOUNDATION
The FCA Foundation is the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foundation invests in U.S. charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth development, education, support for military, veterans and their families, and community service.

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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. 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.

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College Cash Campaign kicks off statewide

Nov. 27, LANSING, MICH. – More than 250 schools across the state are joining the Michigan College Cash Campaign to increase the number of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) coordinates with participating schools to encourage support around completing FAFSA and scholarship applications from November through March. The promotion aims to help eligible students find financial aid to pursue education beyond high school.

“Perceived cost is one of the biggest obstacles students encounter on their journey to furthering their education. Applying for financial aid is an important step to helping students navigate the college and financial application process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “Every school participating in this campaign is giving students an advantage.”

The Michigan College Cash Campaign is a part of several statewide initiatives that help students navigate the college-going process during their senior year.

The FAFSA is a free application that is the only way for students to obtain access federal and state financial aid. In addition, many colleges and universities require the FAFSA for institutional and merit-based aid. The FAFSA helps students who may not understand how to locate financial resources. The form determines the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. This is used by the federal government, colleges, and universities to determine eligibility for grants or loans. Filing the FAFSA is considered a leading indicator of whether students will pursue college. The Michigan FAFSA tracker is here.

Hundreds of schools participate to improve each district’s FAFSA completion rate. The average FAFSA completion rate in Michigan for the 2017-18 school year was 64.2 percent (as of June 2018).

New this year, MCAN has teamed up with national scholarship platform provider, Scholly, which offers an award-winning, personalized scholarship matching and application tracking tool. Up to 10,000 Michigan high school seniors will have access through their school's participation in the College Cash Campaign.

“This important movement will better position Michigan’s students and our state to fulfill the talent needs of businesses and prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Johnson.

More information about the Michigan College Cash Campaign is here.

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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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. 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.

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 Christopher Tremblay
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