MCAN encourages Congress to take quick action on DACA

Sept. 7, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. - The following statement can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director and Sharlonda Buckman, board chair of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to this week’s announcement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"Every Michigander has a unique ancestry and past, one that is intricately woven into our state’s history. We are a diverse state and our organization will continue to lead with our core belief that college is for everyone. Our work is rooted in the belief that every student deserves access to education and training beyond high school. In today’s knowledge-based economy, postsecondary education is not a luxury for some, but a necessity of everyone. 

Our organization encourages Congress to act quickly to clarify the status of those currently covered under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Until Congress determines what’s next, we will stay steadfast in our commitment by ensuring every student is prepared socially, logistically, academically and financially for postsecondary education.”

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


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