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MCAN applauds Congress for passing Forever GI Bill for college aid

Aug. 15, 2017 - LANSING, Mich.The following can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to legislation providing college aid to military veterans:

"Providing college aid to our veterans recognizes the sacrifices of our brave men and women. We applaud Congress for passing the “Forever GI Bill” that would provide the largest expansion of college aid to veterans in 10 years and encourage President Trump to sign this bill. This legislation eliminates the 15-year time limit on the use of postsecondary education benefits as well as restores benefits to veterans affected by closures of for-profit institutions. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are estimated to be eligible for these benefits. The “Forever GI Bill” aligns with MCAN’s belief that college is for everyone. When veterans return home, they should have every opportunity available to pursue postsecondary credentials and meaningful careers. This bill is a crucial step toward giving support, especially to the people who have given so much to their country.

 

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 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 43.4 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.

 

Media Contact
Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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AdviseMI Starts Training of 56 College Advisers

Recent grads placed in schools to help students pursue postsecondary education

July 12, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The AdviseMI program will begin training this week for new college advisers. Once trained, the advisers will work in 70 high schools across the state to serve as postsecondary education advisers, with a special focus on schools where a lower percentage of students attend college after high school. This is the third year of the AdviseMI program, an innovative initiative through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) which places recent college graduates, directly in schools to help students understand the college-going process.

The 56 advisers are recent graduates from partner colleges across Michigan, and all will attend an intense four-week training program at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. This advanced training, in partnership with the MSU College Advising Corps, is designed to prepare the new advisers to begin working this fall at their assigned schools to assist more Michigan students to pursue postsecondary education.

“The third year of AdviseMI is going to make a bigger impact on schools across the state as we continue to expand to serve even more school districts,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “This training provides a unique opportunity for advisers to share experiences with one another and truly understand the nuances of the college going-process.”

The training session brings together college access experts from across the state and country to discuss financial aid programs, how to help with the college application process and exploration, how to work with special populations and navigating other obstacles students sometimes find in the path to furthering their education. These experts will range from high school counselors to financial aid representatives to national organizations such as the College Board and uAspire. In addition to attending the formal sessions, college advisers will tour college campuses and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

“This training is intense in order to ensure the advisers truly understand how to help students navigate the college application process,” said Melissa Steward, director of AdviseMI. “Applying for financial aid or applying for colleges can be intimidating so we want to make sure our advisers have a thorough grasp on how to best help students take advantage of every opportunity at their disposal.”

Once they complete their training, some of the advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing 56 college advisers to serve 70 high schools across the state. To learn more about AdviseMI, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

For media interested in attending a training session, please contact Sarah Anthony.

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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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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.  

Media Contact
Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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MCAN addresses Gov. Snyder’s education announcement

The following can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement on recommendations from the 21st Century Education Commission and Michigan’s career and technical education system:

"Rigorous career planning is essential in today’s knowledge-based economy — as a state, we must be preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. In his 2016 State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his plans for the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission to guide the efforts of Michigan in the years to come.  The Commission released its final report on March 10, 2017 and included several recommendations related to college and career readiness. This week, in partnership with TED Director Roger Curtis, and State Superintendent Brian Whiston, Gov. Snyder doubled down on his commitment to uphold and expand his promise to support Michigan’s career and technical education systems. We applaud these leaders’ efforts to move forward with the recommendations featured in the 21stCentury Education Commission final report and commend their commitment to improving career exploration and planning in Michigan.  We believe these measures will ensure students have an equal chance to compete in the 21stcentury to better position Michigan for economic success.  MCAN is excited to support with the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the following initiatives: 

  • Elevating the productive use of educational development plans (EDPs)
  • Enhancing career counseling
  • Matching crowd-funding for counselors and professional trade programs
  • Ensuring state-funded career and technical education (CTE) programs lead to an industry recognized credential
  • Counting rigorous CTE credentials as transferable college credits 

There is no better investment we can make collectively as a state than in the futures of students by encouraging them to further their education beyond high school through career readiness programming. By helping students gain the skills they need, we are providing a stepping stone to credentials, careers and greater opportunity.”

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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.

Media Contact

Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: 
sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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AdviseMI program expands, totaling 70 Michigan high schools selected to host college advisers

Program places recent grads in schools to help low-income and first-generation students get into college

LANSING, Mich. – 70 Michigan high schools were selected to host college advisers to help students navigate the college-going process through the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. The program, now in its third year, is expanding in order to serve more students across the state of Michigan.

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.

“Students need support when navigating higher education opportunities and nobody is more familiar with that process than recent college graduates” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Our advisers work to supplement the great work of school counselors and we’re seeing the impact of this program. We believe the face-to-face interaction and guidance makes a big difference in the lives of students, particularly in communities with low college-going rates.” 

The college advisers will be ready to begin serving starting in fall 2017 at the high schools selected to participate in the AdviseMI program. After an intensive four-week training period, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

The advisers are recent graduates from 17 partner colleges, including Adrian College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

High schools were selected through a competitive review selection process. To see the complete list of partner high schools and colleges, and to learn more about the new program, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

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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.

Media Contact
Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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