MCAN Launches New Professional Development Scholarship Program

School counselors encouraged to apply for scholarships to help fund college and career readiness training   


LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is rolling out a new scholarship program. The “College Access Professional Development Scholarship” will enable school counselors to attend additional training and professional development opportunities dedicated to helping ensure all students are college and career ready.

MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates among Michigan residents to 60 percent by 2025. To achieve this goal, MCAN is making efforts to amplify the important impact of school counselors by encouraging participation in college and career readiness training and professional development opportunities.

“In three years, we’re proud to have helped provide foundational training for more than 300 high school counselors in college and career readiness,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “We hope this scholarship program grows the number of counselors who are able to attend additional national and statewide training opportunities. We know helping school counselors better understand the college-going process ultimately helps Michigan students prepare academically, financially, socially and logistically for college.”

School counselors can apply for scholarships on a rolling basis. All school counselors can apply, but preference will be given to school counselors who are involved in their Local College Access Network (LCAN). LCANs unite community leaders to use a hands-on approach to increasing the college attainment rate within their community.

In addition to the new scholarship program, school counselors can participate in MCAN’s School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. The course combines online and in-person training over an eight-month period for school counselors. The scholarship program, in combination with the training course, will strengthen Michigan school counselors’ postsecondary strategies.

“We know school counselors make a crucial impact on Michigan students,” Johnson said. “We want to provide school counselors with every tool possible to help position themselves and their students for success.”

To apply for the College Access Professional Development Scholarship, please click here.


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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