MCAN Begins Training of College Advisers for AdviseMI

New and innovative program kicks off training sessions to prepare advisors

LANSING, MICH. – July 8, 2015 - Training begins this week as the Michigan College Access Network prepares a cohort of 40 new advisers who will work out of 50 high schools across the state to serve as postsecondary education advisers, especially focusing on those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

The hired college advisers are recent graduates of 12 partner colleges and training is held in East Lansing. All college advisers will live together on the campus of Michigan State University for four weeks before heading to their assigned communities for the start of the 2015 school year. The innovative approach to training these advisers is to share both comradery and a common goal of assisting more Michigan students to pursue postsecondary education.

"We are excited to kick off the training portion of our new program and provide the necessary foundation for these new advisors to serve communities across the state," said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. "Our organization is dedicated to making college accessible for all and every one of these advisors shares our vision and commitment to influence positive change."

The training session brings together college access experts from across the state and country to discuss financial aid including state aid programs, how to help with the college application process, how to work with special populations and navigating other obstacles students sometimes find in the path to furthering their education. These experts will range from high school counselors to financial aid representatives to national organizations like the College Board and uAspire. In addition to classroom style learning, the college advisers will visit college campuses for tours and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

These advisors are recent graduates from 12 partnering colleges and some will split their time between two high schools allowing 40 college advisers to serve 50 high schools across the state.

To learn more about AdviseMI, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

For media interested in attending a training session, please contact Lisa King.

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