51 high schools welcome MCAN College Advisers

Recent grads from 12 partnership colleges will help students pursue postsecondary education this fall

LANSING, MICH. – September 3, 2015 – Fifty one Michigan high schools across the state have joined the Michigan College Access Network's new program, AdviseMI. The program seeks to increase Michigan students pursuing 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. This fall, 51 Michigan high schools will be welcoming 40 advisers for the new state-wide initiative.

"Our inaugural year of AdviseMI is going to make a huge impact on students understanding the college-going process," said Jacque Ruhland, AdviseMI co-director at the Michigan College Access Network. "Every adviser was selected for this program based on specific qualifications. Weeks of training this summer has this fleet of professionals ready to start in schools across the state and we're confident they will make a huge impact on students."

The college advisers, recent graduates of 12 partner colleges, were trained together in East Lansing during the summer. The 40 advisers will be placed in their assigned communities for one year, with the opportunity to return for up to three years, and have been well-trained to help students and families as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.

College Advisers have been trained to 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 admission 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 college advisers are in schools to make a difference through a direct connection with students," said Bristol Day, AdviseMI co-director at the Michigan College Access Network. "It can be overwhelming for students to find help during the college search and these advisers are there to assist in every step of the process."

To learn more about AdviseMI go to www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

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