Michigan College Access Network hosts first College Access Advocacy Day

Event focuses on work being done to increase college attainment rates in Michigan

APRIL 20, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) hosted its first College Access Advocacy Day event on Thursday, April 20. Champions of postsecondary education highlighted the work being done at the state and local level to increase college attainment rates throughout the state of Michigan.

The event provided an opportunity for Local College Access Networks, promise zones, and other college access and success programs to meet with state legislators and discuss Michigan’s educational challenges and opportunities.

“The Michigan College Access Network and its partners are working hard to increase Michigan’s degree-attainment rate and are proud to showcase our efforts to their elected leaders” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “We partner with organizations, businesses and individuals who advocate for policies and programs that make postsecondary education more attainable for all Michigan residents. Every day the work we’re doing is making a difference in the lives of students across Michigan.”

Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased for six consecutive years, but at 39.3 percent it still lags behind the national average of 40 percent. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.

“I love coming to the Capitol to share the work we’re doing on the local level. Postsecondary education is crucial for preparing Michiganders for the jobs of tomorrow and making our state a contender in a global economy,” said Michele Strasz, Executive Director of the Capital Area College Access Network. “It is absolutely vital that our high school students receive support as they navigate college and career options. MCAN is doing critical work preparing our students to be successful after high school.”

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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.

Media Contact

Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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