MCAN supports Gov. Snyder signing legislation to strengthen counselor requirements

The following statement can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to Gov. Rick Snyder signing HB 4181 to require school counselors to receive training on career and college advising to help guide the decision-making of high school students:

Nov. 9, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. - "We applaud Gov. Snyder and the Legislature for improving requirements for career and college advising. We’re confident this legislation will better equip school counselors  as they help students explore career choices and offer guidance on postsecondary enrollment options. These requirements will boost the proficiency and skills counselors need to continue making a difference in the lives of students and helps ensure a bright future for Michigan by equipping students with the tools needed to succeed in a knowledge-based economy. It takes a network of support to guide students through the college-going process and we know counselors are an important piece of that puzzle.”



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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