Forty-nine college advisers head to 62 Michigan high schools

Second year of AdviseMI helping more low-income and first-generation students get into college 

LANSING, Mich. – Sixty-two Michigan high schools will host 49 college advisers who will help more students make it into college in the 2016-2017 school year. The Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program kicked off last year and has grown tremendously in its second year.

AdviseMI focuses on placing recent graduates to serve as college advisers in high schools with low college-going rates. They will work alongside school counselors and other staff to smooth the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Michigan high school counselors currently average caseloads of more than 700 students apiece, making it hard for them to provide one-on-one college advising or help students navigate the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.

“These advisers are ready to work directly with students to kick off the 2016 school year in order to make a big impact when it comes to understanding the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “The advisers completed an intense training this summer and we’re excited to for them to head to their respective schools this fall.”

The college advisers will be ready to begin serving starting in fall 2016 at the high schools selected to participate in the AdviseMI program. Some advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing a broader reach in communities across the state. 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 16 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, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

The following high schools are receiving advisers this fall, with new high schools indicated in bold:

 Northwest Michigan

  1. Manistee Middle High School & Brethren High School
  2. Lake City High School*

Northeast Michigan

  1. Alcona Community High School & Oscoda Area High School
  2. Alpena High School & ACES Academy

West Michigan

  1. Fennville Public High School & Saugatuck High School
  2. Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy & Muskegon Heights Academy
  3. Montague High School
  4. Muskegon High School
  5. Vestaburg  Community High School
  6. Wyoming High School
  7. Plainwell High School*
  8. Hart High School & Shelby High School*
  9. Hastings High School*

East Central

  1. Bay City Central High School
  2. Bullock Creek High School & Academic and Career Education Academy
  3. Coleman Junior/Senior High School & Meridian Early College High School

Capital Area

  1. Maple Valley Jr/Sr High School & Relevant Academy of Eaton County

East Michigan

  1. Harbor Beach Community High School & Owendale-Gagetown Jr/Sr High School
  2. Bad Axe High School*
  3. Brown City & Marlette Jr/Sr High School*
  4. Port Huron High School
  5. Port Huron Northern High School
  6. Perry High School*


  1. Benton Harbor & Countryside Academy
  2. Quincy High School*


  1. East Jackson HS & Springport HS
  2. Monroe High School
  3. Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education

Metro Detroit

  1. Belleville High School
  2. Center Line High School
  3. Consortium College Prep High School
  4. Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early Colle­­­ge of Excellence
  5. East Detroit High School
  6. Ecorse Community High School
  7. Jalen Rose Academy
  8. John Glenn High School (Westland)
  9. Lincoln Park High School
  10. Melvindale High School
  11. Old Redford Academy
  12. Oscar A. Carlson High School
  13. Pershing High School
  14. River Rouge High School
  15. Robichaud Senior High School
  16. Southeastern High School
  17. Warren Mott High School
  18. Wayne Memorial High School
  19. Woodhaven High School
  20. Ferndale High School


To learn more about the AdviseMI program, visit:


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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