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MCAN applauds Gov. Whitmer’s efforts to reframe Michigan’s workforce and economic development

The following statement is from Ryan Fewins-Bliss, interim executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing an order transforming the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) into the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).                                                

“By consolidating workforce development functions and creating new commissions within LEO, Gov. Whitmer has strategically improved how Michigan approaches talent and economic development,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, interim executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “Gov. Whitmer understands that education, a talented workforce and a thriving economy are all intrinsically related and MCAN supports her efforts to ensure Michigan has the competitive edge needed to sustain talent in our state. Gov. Whitmer’s vision for the state reflects MCAN’s mission and vision, and we will continue fostering a college-going culture in the state with our strategic partners, including MIHEART (Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable), a broad coalition of business, military, law enforcement, philanthropic, education and government leaders who are dedicated to drawing attention to talent attainment.  We continue to support the Governor’s 60% by 2030 postsecondary attainment goal.  We are confident in the abilities of LEO Incoming Director Jeff Donofrio and we look forward to working with him on increasing talent in Michigan.”

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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 eighth 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 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org

Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay
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Statewide Website Launches for Transfer Students

Upgrades to Michigan Transfer Network will ease the transition for transfer students

June 5, 2019 - LANSING, Mich.− The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) applauds mitransfer.org and Michigan Transfer Network upgrades for increasing services and resources available for students who want to transfer their college credits from one institution to another. Fresh upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network were unveiled statewide, following nearly two years of development carried out by Michigan’s community colleges, public universities, and independent colleges and universities.

The new site, mitransfer.org, allows students to search for courses, view information about the Michigan Transfer Agreement, and link to more information about transferring to institutions throughout Michigan. The upgraded site will help make the transfer process easier and better outline the pathways to college completion for all students. High school students taking advantage of Michigan’s dual enrollment option can also use this site to verify how courses transfer.

The project was funded through the state’s FY 2018 state budget, which included a one‐time appropriation to support this statewide initiative under the collaborative leadership of the Michigan Community College Association, the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, all based in Lansing. All three organizations are members of the Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (MIHEART), convened by MCAN. Furthermore, the creation of this website was a recommendation in the 2015 Reaching for Opportunity report published by MCAN.

The new site, developed after extensive user input and stakeholder feedback, now offers expanded information about course‐to‐course equivalency and how to complete Michigan’s general education transfer package, known as the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

“This major website enhancement demonstrates Michigan’s commitment to supporting all students as they continue their postsecondary educational pursuits and earn credentials,” said Ryan Fewins‐Bliss, interim executive director of MCAN. “Mitransfer.org represents a new transparency in information and an improved system to better support students. Access to all of our colleges and universities are increased because of this statewide tool. We are thrilled to showcase this site as a ‘best‐in‐class,’ one‐stop‐shop for students.”

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 eighth 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 degreein 2008, to 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high‐quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019. 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: Christopher Tremblay
christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org

Michigan School Counselor Selected for Summer Admissions Coach at the University of Southern California (USC)

Counselor is one of only 12 individuals serving in this prestigious role

May 14, 2019 - LANSING, Mich.− Cathy Longstreet, department head of school counseling at Hastings High School in Hastings, Michigan, has been selected to serve as an Admissions Coach for the University of Southern California Bovard Scholars Program.  She is the first individual from Michigan to serve in this role with the program.  Longstreet has been affiliated with the Michigan College Access Network for five years and most recently was named to a two-year term on the Governor’s Education Advisory Council. 

The University of Southern California Bovard Scholars Program convenes from July 8 to August 3, 2019. Longstreet will work closely with a cohort of 10 college-bound students.  She will work individually with each student to help identify best-fit colleges, review college application essays, discuss career interests, teach college knowledge, and provide support and encouragement throughout the college application process, even after the three week intensive summer experience.  In addition, Longstreet will continue her support of these students virtually throughout their senior year of high school to help with college and financial aid applications and the decision-making process.

“Cathy Longstreet is an outstanding educator who exudes passion for student success in high school and beyond,” said Dr. Carrie Duits, superintendent of Hastings Public Schools. “She researches opportunities that will personalize education, and works collaboratively to implement new programs that ensure student success. Cathy inspires students to achieve beyond their own expectations.”

Longstreet was selected through a competitive process.  She demonstrated experience assisting high-achieving, low-income high school students with the college application process, strong writing and public speaking skills, a capacity for engaging students in the classroom, and a passion for expanding student access and academic opportunity.

 About the Bovard Scholars Program

USC Bovard Scholars aims to help very high-achieving high school rising seniors with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.  Scholars will receive expert admission and financial aid guidance, comprehensive test preparation, personalized career exploration and leadership development opportunities.  The program includes an intensive, three-week residential experience during the summer on USC’s campus at no cost to the students.
 

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 eighth 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 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  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 Longstreet

Cathy Longstreet is the chair of the counseling department at Hastings High School, where she has worked since 2009.  Longstreet earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Alma College, a master of arts degree in teaching from Aquinas College, and a master’s degree in counselor education from Western Michigan University. She serves as instructor for the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Course offered by MCAN and has facilitated for an online college course on “counseling in the college selection process” offered through MACAC.  She has been a volunteer college coach for Scholarmatch and has presented at several MCAN conferences.  In 2017, Longstreet was named MCAN’s Michigan School Counselor of the Year.  Her professional training includes experiences at Harvard University, Yale University and UCLA.  Longstreet serves as Executive Board Secretary for the Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling (MACAC) and is a current member of the National College Access Network, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the American School Counselor Association and the Michigan School Counselor Assocation. 

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

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Michigan College Access Network Sponsors Camp Colleges at Kalamazoo College, Saginaw Valley State University

May 13, 2019 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is sponsoring two Camp College workshops. Camp College is a free, interactive and informative college planning workshop for high school sophomores and juniors from underrepresented and underserved populations. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to begin considering and preparing for post-secondary education.

The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) is the host and organizer of Camp College. Each year in May, the program is held in different locations in Michigan. Topics covered at the workshop include the community college experience, big v. small colleges, college athletics, test preparation, college search, financial aid and more.  One hundred students are registered for each event. 

“Increasing the number of residents who pursue education beyond high school is critical for Michigan’s future,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN interim executive director. “MACAC is an important resource that increases awareness about postsecondary options for students. These workshops shine a spotlight on access and equity for some of our underserved students as they explore education beyond high school.”

Camp College is offered to students at no charge and is funded by donations from colleges, universities, and sponsors from across the state.

"One of MACAC's goals for the 2018-19 school year was to add an additional site for Camp College,” said Holly M. Markiecki-Bennetts, MACAC President. “MCAN’s generosity has made this goal a reality.  Camp College is a premier program where experts in the college admission process provide a conference-style program for high school students."

Camp College will be held at these locations:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Kalamazoo College
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Saginaw Valley State University

For more information about Camp College and sponsorships, please visit macac.org.

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About the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling
The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) was founded in 1970 and is an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). It is an organization of 1,100 professionals from across the state and region serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. MACAC effectively brings together secondary school counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, independent counselors, and organizations engaged in guiding students through the secondary-to-higher-education transition process.

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 eighth 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 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  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: Christopher Tremblay
christopher(a)micollegeaccess.org
517-816-7774

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