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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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High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all high school seniors attending postsecondary institutions in the fall

MAY 5, 2017 - LANSING, MICH.− May 1 signals the official kickoff of College Decision Day events across Michigan. Nearly 300 high schools across the state are recognizing high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day’s goal is to celebrate all seniors who are going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare for continuing their education at a postsecondary institution.

“College Decision Day mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes by celebrating every student’s decision to pursue postsecondary education,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “Whether pursuing a four-year degree or high-quality credential, students deserve the same accolades and recognition as student athletes.”

Since 2014, the Michigan College Access Network has organized College Decision Day as a statewide event, an adaption of National College Signing Day, a program of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative aimed to inspire every student across the country to take charge of their future by continuing, and completing, their education past high school.

Events in Michigan start today and run through the month of May and June. MCAN has made a map available of all College Decision Day events at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1rMH-rp8U_S9bwbSb7ksYafFkOoU.

To celebrate our seniors, people across the state are wearing college gear and sharing encouragement on social media. Show your #CollegeSigningDay and #MiDecisionDay support by posting pictures wearing college gear from your alma mater and join the conversation on social media.

To learn more about Michigan’s College Decision Day and the high schools hosting events across the state, visit the Michigan College Access Network website at http://www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day.

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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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Nearly 300 High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all high school seniors attending postsecondary institutions in the fall

MAY 1, 2017 - Lansing, MICH.  

What: 2017 College Decision Day events will take place across Michigan from April 28 to May 31, as nearly 300 high schools recognize high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. To celebrate the kickoff of the College Decision Day Season, the Michigan College Access Network is celebrating National College Signing Day and encouraging all Michigan residents to wear their college gear throughout the week. 

College Decision Day mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day and celebrates all seniors for continuing their postsecondary education. Whether you’re a teacher, community leader, parent, celebrity or someone who wants to see students succeed, show your support by wearing college gear on or around May 1 and attending a College Decision Day event in your community. 

Who, When and Where: A map of all College Decision Day events, including contact information for each high school, is available athttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1rMH-rp8U_S9bwbSb7ksYafFkOoU.

Social: Follow the conversation on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MiDecisionDay and #CollegeSigningDay. Take a photo wearing your college gear and share it to join in the celebration.

Press: All College Decision Day events are open to the media. Please contact Sarah Anthony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (313) 355-4078 who will notify participating schools you will be attending.

More information about Michigan’s College Decision Day efforts is available at http://www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day

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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

 

 

MCAN Adds Two New Employees

New staff members will work to increase access to postsecondary education in Michigan 

APRIL 28, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) welcomed Karla Perez Garza and Kristen Donoghue to their team to help increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion of postsecondary degrees.

“Increasing the postsecondary education attainment rate in Michigan is critical to the success of our communities,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Perez Garza and Donoghue’s experiences will help increase the reach of MCAN’s initiatives.”

Karla Perez Garza will serve as a Program Supervisor for AdviseMI. Prior to joining MCAN, Perez Garza was a program coordinator at the Center for Latin Studies at Ferris State University where she discovered her passion for college access through the Promesa Summer Success Program and Promise Partners Mentorship Collaborative. Karla graduated from Ferris in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration.

“My experience at the Center for Latin Studies opened my eyes to the need to ensure Michigan residents realize that college is for everyone,” said Perez Garza, program supervisor, AdviseMI. “Equipping students with well-trained advisers will ease the navigation and transition process from high school to college.”

Kristen Donoghue will serve as a Program Supervisor for AdviseMI. Donoghue’s experience with college and career counseling aligns with MCAN’s mission of advocating for access to postsecondary education. In addition to serving two terms of service with AmeriCorps, working as a school social worker with the Noble Network of Charter Schools and being named a Detroit Revitalization Fellow, Donoghue holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy and a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

“I’ve seen the need to increase access to postsecondary education from a variety of lenses – social work, counseling and economic development,” said Donoghue, program supervisor, AdviseMI. “Increasing access to higher education is a multi-pronged issue that needs cooperation among groups to show Michigan students the benefit of postsecondary education.”

Visit www.micollegeaccess.org/about/who-we-are to learn more about the MCAN staff dedicated to improving college attainment rates among Michigan residents.

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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

Download Press Release (PDF)

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