MCAN applauds Michigan Legislature for passing HB 4181

The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Anthony, deputy director of partnerships and advocacy of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to legislation strengthening requirements for school counselors that will now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

Oct. 26, 2017, LANSING, MICH. - "There is a clear connection to the training and information provided to school counselors and the career and college readiness outcomes of their students. It is critical we support the essential work and impact of Michigan’s school counselors. We applaud the Legislature for passing HB 4181 and encourage Gov. Rick Snyder to support this important effort.

In today’s knowledge-based economy, postsecondary education is not a luxury reserved for some, but a necessity for everyone. School counselors need the proper training to help students navigate every aspect of the college-going process — academic, logistical, financial and social. We strongly believe HB 4181 is an important tool to position Michigan’s school counselors, and their students, for success.”


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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Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)
Cell: 313-355-4078

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