MCAN Welcomes New AdviseMI Program Coordinator

AdviseMI expands program to help students get into college

June 16 - LANSING, Mich.
— Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that Joshua Kennedy will join the Community Investment Department as the new program coordinator for AdviseMI, which places recent college graduates into Michigan high schools to help students apply to and prepare for college.

Kennedy will work closely with AdviseMI co-directors Bristol Day and Jacque Ruhland to continue growing and strengthening AdviseMI, now in its second year. The program is gearing up to place 49 advisers from 16 colleges into 62 schools in the 2016-17 academic year. The advisers will be placed in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates as part of MCAN’s efforts to increase the number of students gaining additional training or degrees after high school.

“AdviseMI continues to gain momentum as we grow to expand the services we offer to students in Southeast Michigan,” said MCAN Executive Director Brandy Johnson. “With Joshua’s extensive background in college admissions and passion to help students pursue higher education, we know his expertise will be a great addition to this innovative program.”

As the AdviseMI program coordinator, Kennedy will supervise nine advisers in Southeast Michigan to support program grants compliance, recruitment and training logistics. His office will be located at Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) in Taylor to enable him to work closely with the AdviseMI high school advisers. SEMCA aids the developing Wayne County College Access Network and serves as a partner with MCAN to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment in Wayne county.

Before joining MCAN, Kennedy worked for the Department for Student Success at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and was the senior undergraduate admissions advisor at Marygrove College in Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with bachelor degrees in Africana Studies and Urban Education. He currently is pursuing his master’s degree in criminal justice at Marygrove College. Josh is a Detroit native and graduated from Detroit Public Schools.

Kennedy can be reached at joshua(a) or 734-229-3541.


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  

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