70 Michigan high schools to kick off school year with college advisers

Third year of AdviseMI helping more low-income and first-generation students get into college

Aug. 28, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – 56 college advisers from across the state will start the school year serving 70 Michigan high schools. This is the third year of the AdviseMI program and the specially trained advisers will help more students make it into college in the 2017-2018 school year. The advisers are being placed strategically into communities where there is a lower percentage of students pursuing college after high school.

Each adviser is a recent college graduate and attended an intense four-week training this summer. The advisers will work alongside counselors and other staff to encourage high school students to apply to college and assist with financial aid applications. Michigan high school counselors currently average caseloads of more than 700 students, making it hard for them to provide one-on-one college advising or help students navigate the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.

“The advisers in this program are intentionally recent graduates to offer a near-peer understanding of the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Many of the advisers requested to be placed in their home-towns or communities they have already served to continue their efforts and make a difference in the lives of high school students. The rigorous training we hold in the summer offers a unique opportunity to ensure our advisers are fully prepared to help students navigate the sometimes overwhelming path to pursuing postsecondary education.”

Some advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing a broader reach in communities across the state. Advisers will assist students navigating 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.

To see the full list of 70 high schools receiving a college adviser, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi 


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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.4 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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