MCAN Recognizes 11 Selected Michigan Schools

To Receive System Impact Grants

Nov. 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that more than $265,000 in High School System Impact Grants will be awarded to 11 high schools across the state to enhance college and career readiness policy and practices. The awarded schools will receive grants of up to $25,000.

“The funds provided by Reach Higher System Impact Grants will provide the resources necessary for schools to implement bold changes to help their students prepare for a college education and future careers,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s imperative that we support students in their efforts to further their education. The Reach Higher System Impact Grants encourage existing participants in our network to take their efforts beyond programming to drive systems change within the partner schools.”

Each of the 11 high schools selected to receive a Reach Higher System Impact Grant was a second year participant of MCAN’s Reach Higher grant program, an initiative aimed at supporting college-going culture inside high schools to increase the number of high school students ready for and enrolling in college. Last year, 100 high schools across the state received more than $500,000 in grants as a part of the Reach Higher program.

Schools were selected based on a competitive grant review process. Reach Higher System Impact Grants will support programs and reforms aimed at bolstering metrics around college and career readiness in a variety of ways, including:

  • Establishing institutionalized college advising positions, increasing existing college and career readiness staff positions, and improving student access to postsecondary education counseling services.
  • Reforming curriculums and course arrangements to specifically address topics such as college readiness, career development and financial literacy.
  • Improving access to college test preparation resources and training programs designed to increase standardized test scores.
  • Creation of college and career planning centers where students, teachers, advisors, and counselors can meet and formulate postsecondary education plans with students.          

“The innovative system changes and reforms made possible by these grants will positively impact students and will build on the successes created by the Reach Higher program,” said Johnson. 

The list of grant recipients includes:

High Schools

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center

Bridgman High School

Comstock High School

Detroit School of Arts

Hartland High School

Hastings High School

Mancelona High School

Monroe High School

Muskegon High School

Plainwell High School

Whitmore Lake High School



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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