100 Michigan High Schools Selected to Receive MCAN “Reach Higher” Grants

“Reach Higher” is a program meant to help high school students pursue higher education

August 11, 2016 - LANSING, Mich. – As part of Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) “Reach Higher” Program, more than $500,000 will be awarded to 100 high schools across the state. Schools will each receive $5,000 grants to help students pursue postsecondary education. Reach Higher grants are geared toward creating a college-going culture inside high schools to increase the number of students furthering their education.

“Last year was the first year for Reach Higher grants, and they created the push we needed to help develop these goals inside Michigan high schools,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “We have seen how these grants positively impact students’ decisions to go on to higher education, which is why we will continue with this successful program.”

High schools were selected based on a competitive grant review process.  Schools receiving the Reach Higher grants will address four essential elements of a high school strategy aimed at getting more students to attend college, including:

  • Establish a Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC): Each PAC will set up a dedicated team to lead the college access strategy, including: administrators, counselors, college advisers, teachers and members of community based-organizations.

  • Reach Higher High School Self-Assessment: Each PAC will assess the current effectiveness of college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming.

  • Triad of College Access Events: Each PAC will plan and host college access events for seniors, including College Application Week in the fall, College Cash Campaign in the winter and College Decision Day in the spring.

  • Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping: Each PAC will evaluate the school’s college-going culture using a research-based survey and set of tools.

“These schools play an important role in making college readiness, participation and completion within their community possible through the Reach Higher program,” Johnson said.

The list of grant recipients includes: 

West
Allendale
Whitehall
Montague
Plainwell
Union
Maple Valley
Saugatuck
Wyoming
White Lake Area Community Education
Grand Rapids UPrep
Allegan Tech Center
Orchard View
Reeths-Puffer
Hastings
Vestaburg
Holton
Muskegon
Delton-Kellogg
Fennville
Ionia
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy
Walkerville

Southwest
Comstock
Niles
Bridgman

East Central
Coleman
Bullock Creek
ACEA
Meridian

South Central
Holt
Bath

East
Corunna
New Lothrop
Yale
Port Huron Northern
Harbor Beach
Bay City Central
Bay City Western
Port Huron
Owosso
Lincoln Alternative
Morrice
North Branch

Southeast
Pittsford
Ypsilanti Community
Ypsilanti New Tech
Milan
WAVE
Whitmore Lake
Hartland
Springport
Jonesville
Whiteford
Monroe
LISD Tech Center
Northwest
Adrian
Hillsdale
Lincoln Senior High
Madison

Metro Detroit
East Detroit
Warren Mott
Avondale Academy
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Woodhaven
John F. Kennedy
John Glenn
Cody Academy of Public Leadership
Detroit School of Arts
Osborn College Prep
Lincoln Park
Belleville
Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
Detroit Cristo Rey
East English Village
Chandler Park
Osborn Evergreen
Academy of Design and Alternative Energy
Hazel Park
Loyola
Detroit Institute of Technology
Cody River
Cody River Rouge
Robichaud
Taylor Preparatory

Northwest
CASMAN
Onekama
Manistee
Manistee Catholic Central
Manton
Alanson
Pine River
Lake City
Mancelona
Pellston
Boyne City
Brethren
Petoskey

Northeast
Alcona
Alpena
ACES
Oscoda

Upper Peninsula
Gladstone
Escanaba
Hannahville Indian School

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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.  

 

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