AdviseMI Starts Training of 56 College Advisers

Recent grads placed in schools to help students pursue postsecondary education

July 12, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The AdviseMI program will begin training this week for new college advisers. Once trained, the advisers will work in 70 high schools across the state to serve as postsecondary education advisers, with a special focus on schools where a lower percentage of students attend college after high school. This is the third year of the AdviseMI program, an innovative initiative through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) which places recent college graduates, directly in schools to help students understand the college-going process.

The 56 advisers are recent graduates from partner colleges across Michigan, and all will attend an intense four-week training program at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. This advanced training, in partnership with the MSU College Advising Corps, is designed to prepare the new advisers to begin working this fall at their assigned schools to assist more Michigan students to pursue postsecondary education.

“The third year of AdviseMI is going to make a bigger impact on schools across the state as we continue to expand to serve even more school districts,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “This training provides a unique opportunity for advisers to share experiences with one another and truly understand the nuances of the college going-process.”

The training session brings together college access experts from across the state and country to discuss financial aid programs, how to help with the college application process and exploration, how to work with special populations and navigating other obstacles students sometimes find in the path to furthering their education. These experts will range from high school counselors to financial aid representatives to national organizations such as the College Board and uAspire. In addition to attending the formal sessions, college advisers will tour college campuses and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

“This training is intense in order to ensure the advisers truly understand how to help students navigate the college application process,” said Melissa Steward, director of AdviseMI. “Applying for financial aid or applying for colleges can be intimidating so we want to make sure our advisers have a thorough grasp on how to best help students take advantage of every opportunity at their disposal.”

Once they complete their training, some of the advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing 56 college advisers to serve 70 high schools across the state. To learn more about AdviseMI, visit

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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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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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