MCAN Begins Training of College Advisers for AdviseMI

Innovative program kicks off second year of training sessions to prepare advisers

July 18, 2106 - LANSING, Mich. Michigan College Access Networks kicked off training last week for 49 college advisers through the AdviseMI program. This innovative program is in its second year. Once trained, they’ll work with 62 high schools across the state to serve as postsecondary education advisers, with a special focus on schools where a lower percentage of students go on to attend college.

These selected college advisers are recent graduates of 16 partner colleges in Michigan, and are attending a four-week training program at Michigan State University in East Lansing. This advanced training is designed to prepare all new advisers to begin working this fall at their assigned schools to assist more Michigan students to continue their education.

“With the success that came from the first year of AdviseMI, we are excited to continue this program to provide students with the tools they need to pursue higher education,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “These advisers share our vision and commitment and want other students to have a successful college experience.”

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, 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 classes, college advisers will tour college campuses and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

Once they complete their training, some of the advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing 49 college advisers to serve 62 high schools across the state.

The program has grown from 40 advisers serving 51 high schools in its first year to 49 advisers serving 62 high schools this year. To learn more about AdviseMI, visit

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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


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