Michigan College Access Network Welcomes Two New Employees

New staff members will work to increase access to postsecondary education in Michigan

Nov. 30, 2016 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) welcomed Emma Walter and Melissa Steward to their team to help increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion of postsecondary degrees.

“Our staff has been paramount to our success,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “Emma Walter and Melissa Steward will be great additions to our team.”

Walter will serve as MCAN’s operations assistant. Prior to joining MCAN, she worked as an executive assistant for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. Before that, she held positions with the Michigan Senate and several non-profit organizations. Walter has a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a minor in philosophy and law from Michigan State University.

“Our state’s success depends upon Michigan residents obtaining postsecondary degrees,” said Walter, operations assistant, MCAN. “I’m eager to join MCAN and work on education initiatives that will enhance the lives of our communities.”

Steward was named MCAN’s Director of AdviseMI. The program partners with 16 Michigan colleges and universities and has helped train nearly 50 college advisers to help students in the college exploration, application, financial and preparation processes. AdviseMI is expected to expand by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Steward is perfect for MCAN because of her love for service. Her experience as VISTA Leader for Michigan Campus Compact fostered her passion for college access and student success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University.

“Advisers play a key role in helping our students gain access to higher education,” said Steward, Director of AdviseMI, MCAN. “Placing well-trained advisers in Michigan high schools will continue to ensure students are equipped with the best postsecondary options.”

Visit http://www.micollegeaccess.org/about/who-we-are#Staff to learn more about the staff dedicated to improving college attainment rates among Michigan residents.

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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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