Fifty-one Michigan High Schools Selected to Join New College Adviser Program, AdviseMI

 Getting more low-income and first-generation students into college is program’s goal

LANSING, MICH. – Fifty-one Michigan high schools will have new college advisers in place next fall to help more students make it into college after being selected to join the Michigan College Access Network’s new AdviseMI program.

The goal of AdviseMI is to place recent college graduates into high schools to serve as advisers in communities across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

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. Michigan high school counselors currently average caseloads of more than 700 students apiece, making it hard for them to provide one-to-one college advising or help students navigate the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.

MCAN’s advisers will be ready to fill the gap starting in fall 2015 at the high schools selected to participate in AdviseMI. Some advisers will split their time between two high schools allowing 40 college advisers to serve 51 high schools. After an intensive five-week training period, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid, and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

“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.”

The advisers will be recent graduates from 13 partner colleges, including Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Madonna University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

The high schools selected through a competitive review selection process to receive the 40 college advisers include:

Northwest Michigan

  1. Manistee Middle High School & Brethren High School

Northeast Michigan

  1. Alcona Community High School & Oscoda Area High School
  2. Alpena High School & ACES Academy

West Michigan

  1. Fennville Public High School & Saugatuck High School
  2. Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy & Muskegon Heights Academy
  3. Montague High School
  4. Muskegon High School
  5. Vestaburg  Community High School
  6. Wyoming High School

East Central

  1. Bay City Central High School
  2. Bullock Creek High School & Academic and Career Education Academy
  3. Coleman Junior/Senior High School & Meridian Early College High School

East Michigan

  1. Harbor Beach Community High School & Owendale-Gagetown Jr/Sr High School
  2. Port Huron High School
  3. Port Huron Northern High School

Capital Area

  1. Everett High School
  2. Maple Valley Jr/Sr High School & Relevant Academy of Eaton County


  1. East Jackson HS & Springport HS
  2. Michigan Center Jr/Sr High School & DaVinci Institute High School
  3. Monroe High School
  4. Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education

Metro Detroit

  1. Belleville High School
  2. Center Line High School
  3. Consortium College Prep High School
  4. Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early Colle­­­ge of Excellence
  5. East Detroit High School
  6. Ecorse Community High School
  7. Jalen Rose Academy
  8. John Glenn High School (Westland)
  9. Lincoln Park High School
  10. Melvindale High School
  11. Old Redford Academy
  12. Oscar A. Carlson High School
  13. Pershing High School
  14. River Rouge High School
  15. Robichaud Senior High School
  16. Southeastern High School
  17. Warren Mott High School
  18. Wayne Memorial High School
  19. Woodhaven High School



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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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