MCAN announces new college adviser program for Michigan high schools

High schools interested in hosting advisor for a minimum of three years are encouraged to apply

LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan College Access Network recently announced the creation of a new college advising program called AdviseMI. AdviseMI seeks to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education by placing recent college graduates as advisers in communities across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

MCAN’s goal is to place 40 well-trained recent college graduates as dedicated college advisers beginning in Fall 2015 and is encouraging high schools interested in hosting advisers for a minimum of three years to apply. Working alongside high school counselors and other school staff, these advisers will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. The advisers will be graduates from 11 partner colleges, including Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

“This is an exciting step to help increase college attainment rates across Michigan,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “These well-trained, dedicated college graduates will be able to provide important support to students and will supplement the great work of high school counselors.”

Advisers will help students and families:

  • Navigate college and career exploration
  • Set a postsecondary education goal that could include the completion of a technical certificate, associate degree, or Bachelor’s degree; and make a plan to reach the goal
  • Prepare for college admissions examinations
  • Apply to colleges that are a good match
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Secure financial aid
  • Enroll in a postsecondary program of study

The support for these types of college readiness programs is echoed at the national, state and local levels. In his most recent budget, Gov. Rick Snyder recommended nearly $18 million for college readiness programs, including an additional $2.2 million for programs intended to increase the number of college advisers in schools.

The deadline for high schools to apply to host an AdviseMI college adviser is March 16, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit Site selection will be announced on April 13, 2015.


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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 36.8 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 37.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 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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