MCAN addresses Gov. Snyder’s education announcement

The following can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement on recommendations from the 21st Century Education Commission and Michigan’s career and technical education system:

"Rigorous career planning is essential in today’s knowledge-based economy — as a state, we must be preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. In his 2016 State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his plans for the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission to guide the efforts of Michigan in the years to come.  The Commission released its final report on March 10, 2017 and included several recommendations related to college and career readiness. This week, in partnership with TED Director Roger Curtis, and State Superintendent Brian Whiston, Gov. Snyder doubled down on his commitment to uphold and expand his promise to support Michigan’s career and technical education systems. We applaud these leaders’ efforts to move forward with the recommendations featured in the 21stCentury Education Commission final report and commend their commitment to improving career exploration and planning in Michigan.  We believe these measures will ensure students have an equal chance to compete in the 21stcentury to better position Michigan for economic success.  MCAN is excited to support with the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) on the following initiatives: 

  • Elevating the productive use of educational development plans (EDPs)
  • Enhancing career counseling
  • Matching crowd-funding for counselors and professional trade programs
  • Ensuring state-funded career and technical education (CTE) programs lead to an industry recognized credential
  • Counting rigorous CTE credentials as transferable college credits 

There is no better investment we can make collectively as a state than in the futures of students by encouraging them to further their education beyond high school through career readiness programming. By helping students gain the skills they need, we are providing a stepping stone to credentials, careers and greater opportunity.”


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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