Michigan College Access Network to Host Sixth Annual Network Conference

March 7, 2016 -  Lansing, Mich.- The Michigan College Access Network is excited to announce an expansion of the annual network conference this year from one day to two days packed with break-out sessions, flexible package options and comprehensive programming to support students, counselors and schools. Flexible package options allow participants to attend various programming, including pre-conference, conference and awards dinner or just the conference and awards dinner.

What: Sixth Annual Michigan College Access Network Conference

Theme: College Changes Everything

The conference theme, “College Changes Everything,” will focus on highlighting personal stories and showcasing the impact postsecondary education makes in our communities and in our personal lives.

When: Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
           Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.

Social: Follow the conversation on Twitter at: #MCAN2016, #ReachHigher and #CollegeChangesEverything. You can also download this mobile app to have conference details at your fingertips.

Press: The conference is open to the media. We ask that you please RSVP to Lisa King at lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org or (517) 316-1713. If you are unable to RSVP, please check in at event registration. Event highlights follow. A full schedule is available at: http://www.micollegeaccess.org/events/2016-conference

Reception & Awards Dinner: MCAN will be recognizing individuals and organizations at an awards and dinner reception to recognize the hard work and dedication of those who go above and beyond to improve postsecondary attainment.The reception and awards dinner will take place at the Lansing Center on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Attendees of the conference are invited to attend our breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9. With more than 35 breakout sessions to choose from, attendees will select from topics like: strengthening school counseling and college advising, closing the gap by working with a lens for equity, college affordability and more.

Keynotes: Join us for three special keynote speakers, including: Dr. Damon F. Arnold who is a consultant, author and motivational speaker as the lunch plenary on Tuesday, Mar. 8, Gregory M. Darnieder, senior advisor to the Secretary of the College Access Initiative, U.S. Department of Education as the Wednesday, Mar. 9 morning keynote and John Bebow who is the president and CEO of the Center for Michigan as the Wednesday, Mar. 9 lunch plenary. Our speakers will share their personal journeys and share insights on the current college-going culture in our state and country.

Thank you to the following Platinum Sponsors for the generous support of the 2016 Michigan College Access Network Conference: Central Michigan University – President’s Office, FHI360, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and The Skillman Foundation.


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: 
Lisa King, Consultant
Email: lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org 
Cell: (313) 451-1387

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