MCAN addresses education comments in Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech

The following statement is from Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to comments about education delivered by Gov. Rick Snyder in his 2017 State of the State speech. 

Jan. 18, 2017 - “Postsecondary education is vital for the economic stability of our state and to prepare Michiganders for the jobs of tomorrow. Last year in the 2016 State of the State speech, Gov. Snyder unveiled his plans for the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission. It has been an honor to serve on that commission and take part in broad discussions about how to advance K12 and higher education initiatives that will move the needle on Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate. We applaud Gov. Snyder’s commitment to improving access to higher education.  The governor declared this October “College Month” and this effort lead to a 40 percent increase in the number of students filling out financial aid (FAFSA) applications and a united effort to encourage more high school seniors to apply to at least one college.  We thank the Governor for his partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber to expand the Detroit Promise to provide scholarships for high-achieving Detroit students to attend four-year universities.  We support the Governor’s efforts to expand the number of apprenticeship opportunities like MAT2, which combines paid on the job training with the opportunity to attain an Associate Degree.  Finally, we appreciate Governor Snyder’s recognition that our students need better career counseling to help them navigate and enroll in the postsecondary educational opportunities that will lead to meaningful, high-wage careers.  MCAN is committed to preparing our students for success in today’s knowledge-based economy and working toward our goal of increasing the number of Michigan residents with postsecondary credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.”


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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