Michigan College Access Network Sponsors Camp Colleges at Kalamazoo College, Saginaw Valley State University

May 13, 2019 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is sponsoring two Camp College workshops. Camp College is a free, interactive and informative college planning workshop for high school sophomores and juniors from underrepresented and underserved populations. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to begin considering and preparing for post-secondary education.

The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) is the host and organizer of Camp College. Each year in May, the program is held in different locations in Michigan. Topics covered at the workshop include the community college experience, big v. small colleges, college athletics, test preparation, college search, financial aid and more.  One hundred students are registered for each event. 

“Increasing the number of residents who pursue education beyond high school is critical for Michigan’s future,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN interim executive director. “MACAC is an important resource that increases awareness about postsecondary options for students. These workshops shine a spotlight on access and equity for some of our underserved students as they explore education beyond high school.”

Camp College is offered to students at no charge and is funded by donations from colleges, universities, and sponsors from across the state.

"One of MACAC's goals for the 2018-19 school year was to add an additional site for Camp College,” said Holly M. Markiecki-Bennetts, MACAC President. “MCAN’s generosity has made this goal a reality.  Camp College is a premier program where experts in the college admission process provide a conference-style program for high school students."

Camp College will be held at these locations:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Kalamazoo College
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Saginaw Valley State University

For more information about Camp College and sponsorships, please visit macac.org.



About the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling
The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) was founded in 1970 and is an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). It is an organization of 1,100 professionals from across the state and region serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. MACAC effectively brings together secondary school counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, independent counselors, and organizations engaged in guiding students through the secondary-to-higher-education transition process.

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 eighth 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 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019.  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

Media Contact: Christopher Tremblay

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