20 Michigan High Schools Receive MCAN “Reach Higher High School” Grants

 Nov. 27, LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that more than $150,000 in grant funding has been awarded to high schools across the state to improve college enrollment and completion outcomes. The awarded schools received $5,000 to $20,000 grants to focus on creating and sustaining a college-going culture inside schools in an effort to improve postsecondary education outcomes. Since inception in 2015, MCAN has awarded more than $1.5 million through the Reach Higher grant program.

“These schools play an important role in sparking change necessary to increase college readiness, participation, and completion within their community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network.

Year 1: Reach Higher High School Grant

Grant funding supports assembling a Postsecondary Advisory Council, coordinating a suite of college access interventions, assessing the college-going culture and school counseling capacity, and collecting and analyzing disaggregated student outcomes data.

Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant

Grant funding supports innovative, aggressive, reform-minded high schools that plan to implement a bold systems change initiative, utilize local quantitative and qualitative data, and improve metrics around college and career readiness. 

Year 4: Reach Higher System Impact Renewal Grant

Grant funding supports the continuation of Year 3 efforts (see above).  These high schools continue to
systematize, scale, or sustain their bold systems change initiative project(s) from previous years. High schools were selected based on a competitive grant review process. Schools receiving the Reach Higher grants address five essential elements of a high school strategy aimed at increasing college enrollment, including: 

  1. Postsecondary Advisory Council 
    Reach Higher High Schools will bring together a team of stakeholders to set the school’s vision and college access strategy. The PAC will meet regularly to strategically develop and implement the school’s college access programming, collect and analyze data, develop and implement data-driven collaborative action plans.
  2. Linked College Access Events
    Reach Higher High Schools will host a linked triad of college access events – Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign and College Decision Day– prioritizing the development of a coordinated, strategic effort to execute targeted interventions throughout an entire year.
  3. College-Going Culture Assessment
    Reach Higher High Schools will conduct the Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping (PSAM) survey to assess the building’s college-going culture in five asset areas: transition knowledge and skills, content knowledge, learning skills and techniques, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and school-based systems.
  4. School Counseling Self-Assessment
    Reach Higher High Schools will assess the current effectiveness of its college and career readiness counseling, support and programming from two perspectives: Staffing and Capacity and College-Going Culture and Programs.
  5. Student Outcome Data Analysis
    Reach Higher High schools will utilize publicly available data sources to collect, disaggregate, and analyze data on key college and career readiness student outcome metrics.  Findings will be utilized to develop collaborative action plans. 

The list of high schools receiving Reach Higher High School grants this time include

(by geographic region): 

Michigan Region

Name of School

Type of Grant

East

Marlette Junior/Senior High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

WAY Academy (Flint)

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Metro Detroit

Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA)

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Hamtramck High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Western International High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Northeast

Inland Lakes High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Northwest

Evart High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Morley Stanwood High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Southeast

Arbor Preparatory High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Camden Frontier High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Hillsdale High School

Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant

Hartland High School

Year 4: Reach Higher System Impact Renewal Grant

Southwest

Lawton High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Three Rivers High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Upper Peninsula

Sault Area Schools

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

West

CA Frost Environmental Science Academy

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Innovation Central High School

Year 1: Reach Higher Grant

Wyoming High School

Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (UPrep)

Year 3: Reach Higher System Impact Grant

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center

Year 4: Reach Higher System Impact Renewal Grant

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ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)

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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