The Kresge Foundation awards $1.1 million for college access in Michigan

Michigan College Access Network projects propelled forward by The Kresge Foundation support

LANSING, Mich. - July 21, 2015 - The Kresge Foundation approved a $1.1 million grant for the Michigan College Access Network to continue its work improving the number of Michigan residents pursuing and succeeding in postsecondary education. The two-year grant will run from July 2015 through the end of September 2017.

The grant will support several existing programs furthering college access in Michigan, including the new effort AdviseMI, which connects high school students with well-trained college advisers to help students navigate the college exploration process.

"We are honored The Kresge Foundation recognizes and believes in our core mission to increase the number of students pursuing higher education in Michigan," said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. "We believe postsecondary education is a necessity and are grateful for the Foundation's generosity. This grant will help us strengthen existing programs and increase our impact even further over the next two years."

MCAN has worked to build local college access networks, or LCANs, in communities across the state, spanning across different organizations representing philanthropy, government, business, nonprofits, K-12 and the higher education sector. All LCANs are committed to influencing change in their local communities and boosting the number of people enrolling in postsecondary education.

MCAN improves access to higher education for all Michigan residents by advocating for policy reforms that lower the barriers to college for students, sponsoring a number of statewide initiatives focused on increasing college access and delivering professional development that trains college access professionals to be highly qualified and effective college advisers.

The Kresge Foundation is a longtime supporter of MCAN. The Foundation's mission is to expand opportunities for low-income people in America's cities.

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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 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 40.0 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 micollegeaccess.org.

About The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, higher education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. The focus of the Foundation's higher education grantmaking is to improve access to and through postsecondary education for low-income and students of color. For more information, visit kresge.org or follow @kresgedu.

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