AdviseMI program expands, totaling 70 Michigan high schools selected to host college advisers

Program places recent grads in schools to help low-income and first-generation students get into college

LANSING, Mich. – 70 Michigan high schools were selected to host college advisers to help students navigate the college-going process through the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. The program, now in its third year, is expanding in order to serve more students across the state of Michigan.

AdviseMI works to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education by placing well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates.

“Students need support when navigating higher education opportunities and nobody is more familiar with that process than recent college graduates” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Our advisers work to supplement the great work of school counselors and we’re seeing the impact of this program. We believe the face-to-face interaction and guidance makes a big difference in the lives of students, particularly in communities with low college-going rates.” 

The college advisers will be ready to begin serving starting in fall 2017 at the high schools selected to participate in the AdviseMI program. After an intensive four-week training period, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

The advisers are recent graduates from 17 partner colleges, including Adrian College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

High schools were selected through a competitive review selection process. To see the complete list of partner high schools and colleges, and to learn more about the new program, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

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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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