56 College Advisers Begin School Year in Communities Across Michigan

AdviseMI continues into fourth year helping low-income and first-generation students pursue college

Sept. 10, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – Seventy-one Michigan high schools will host 56 college advisers as part of the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. Now in its fourth year, AdviseMI aims to increase the number of Michigan students who pursue education beyond high school.

AdviseMI focuses on placing recent college graduates in high schools with low college-going rates. They work alongside school counselors and other staff to help students navigate the transition from high school to postsecondary education, including taking college admissions tests, applying to colleges and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“For four years, AdviseMI has served as an important resource helping students navigate the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “As recent college graduates themselves, our advisers offer important insight to students. The advisers are specially trained to help students understand a vital message not every student is told -- they are college material.”

New advisers attended an intense four-week training program on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) over the summer to prepare them for the 2018-19 school year. Some advisers will split time between two high schools, allowing 56 advisers to serve in 71 high schools across the state.

“The training our advisers undergo is thorough, and gives them the tools they need to provide expertise and guidance to students,” said Melissa Steward, director of AdviseMI. “It’s vital for advisers to discuss financial aid programs, help students master the college application process, and understand how to work with special populations to help them overcome challenges they may face to pursue education beyond high school.”

AdviseMI recently received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

The advisers are recent graduates from 18 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, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

To see the full list of the 71 participating high schools, go 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 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.


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