Emily Halling to join Michigan College Access Network team

Halling will join the AdviseMI team to enhance college advising program

Feb. 1, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) today announced the addition of Emily Halling as a program supervisor for its AdviseMI program. She will begin her new position on Feb. 1.

AdviseMI helps advance MCAN’s goal of increasing the number of high school students who enter and complete post-secondary education by placing recently-graduated, near-peer advisors in high schools to assist students with navigating the college-going process.

“Being college and career-ready is about more than just filling out a school application and Halling is the perfect complement to this program,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “She’s prepared to go above and beyond by helping advisers understand how to help students find the right fit by explaining academic expectations and applying for financial aid.”

In her role as AdviseMI program supervisor, Halling will work to enhance the training and professional development of college advisers across the state in an effort to ensure high school students are college and career ready. AdviseMI partners with 16 Michigan colleges and universities and has helped train nearly 50 college advisers in the college exploration, application, financial and preparation processes. The program is expected to expand by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Information regarding postsecondary attainment is constantly changing to reflect the higher education landscape,” said Halling, program supervisor of AdviseMI, MCAN. “It is important for our advisers to understand the ins and outs of the process to adequately equip students to succeed with their postsecondary attainment plans.”

Halling graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan - Flint. She continued her education at the University of Michigan to earn her master’s degree in social work. Prior to joining MCAN, Halling worked in various capacities for the Ginsberg Center, Alternatives for Girls, the Daughter Project, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. Halling’s previous experiences will make her a vital asset to the AdviseMI team.

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.


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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