AdviseMI honored with Outstanding National Service Award

Program recognized for improving college access services for more than 120 schools across Michigan

June 6, 2018 - LANSING, MICH. – AdviseMI received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Award ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. Thirty-seven other individuals, businesses and nonprofits were recognized for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

AdviseMI, an AmeriCorps program through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), has grown to become one of the largest programs in the state to improve access to higher education. Eighty-eight AmeriCorps members serve as college advisers in more than 120 high schools across the state, providing college access resources to high school students.  AdviseMI works to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education by placing well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates.

“I’m honored to recognize the accomplishments of all of tonight’s winners,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.  “The Governor’s Service Awards are a unique opportunity to highlight the outstanding work that Michigan residents are doing to uplift others.”

The Michigan College Access Network and AdviseMI are dedicated lowering barriers facing low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color. This year, more than 8,000 students have been accepted into college, which exceeds the program goal of 4,400 students.

“AdviseMI provides critical college access resources to more than 20,000 students and their families,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “We want all students in Michigan to realize and believe that they are college material, and to pursue education beyond high school. With 88 members serving in over 120 schools, AdviseMI is doing work that is critical in increasing postsecondary education in Michigan.”

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, Sienna Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Learn more about the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards here.


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 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 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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