MCAN Announces Reach Higher Grant Recipients

Program to encourage high schools to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment outcomes

Lansing, MI – September 21, 2015 – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced 100 schools across the state will receive $5,000 grants to boost efforts to help students pursue education beyond high school. 139 schools applied for the competitive Reach Higher grant in its first year. The goal of the program is to encourage a high school strategy to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment outcomes.

“The inaugural year of the Reach Higher grant is important momentum we’re hoping to build across the state,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “We are pleased to recognize the significant contributions these 100 schools are making to improve the number of students furthering their postsecondary education.”

The Reach Higher grant is a new grant program administered by the Michigan College Access Network.

The Reach Higher high school grantees will address four essential elements of a high school strategy, including:

  • ·Establish Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC), a dedicated team to lead the college access strategy, including: administrators, counselors, college advisers, teachers and members of community based-organizations.
  • ·Reach Higher High School Self-Assessment: Each PAC will assess current effectiveness of college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming.
  • ·Triad of College Access Events: Each PAC will plan and host college access events for seniors, including College Application Week in the fall, College Cash Campaign in the winter and College Decision Day in the spring.
  • ·Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping: Each PAC will evaluate the school’s college-going culture using a research-based survey and set of tools.

“These schools play an important role in sparking change necessary to increase college readiness, participation and completion within their community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network.

The list of grant recipients includes:

West

Allendale

Whitehall

Montague

Plainwell

Union

Maple Valley

Saugatuck

Wyoming

White Lake Area Community Education

Grand Rapids UPrep

Allegan Tech Center

Orchard View

Reeths-Puffer

Hastings

Vestaburg

Holton

Muskegon

 

Southwest

Comstock

Niles

Bridgman

 

East Central

Coleman

Bullock Creek

ACEA

Meridian

 

South Central

Holt

Bath

St. Johns

Capital Area Career Center

 

East

Algonac

Laingsburg

Corunna

New Lothrop

Yale

Port Huron Northern

Harbor Beach

Capac

Bay City Central

Bay City Western

Port Huron

Owosso

 

Southeast

Pittsford

Ypsilanti Community

Ypsilanti New Tech

Milan

WAVE

Whitmore Lake

Hartland

Springport

Jonesville

Whiteford

Monroe

LISD Tech Center

Northwest

Adrian

 

Metro Detroit

East Detroit

Warren Mott

Avondale Academy

Ecorse

Medicine and Community Health at Cody

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Woodhaven

Detroit College Preparatory Academy

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

Way Academy SW

Pershing

John F. Kennedy High School

John Glenn

Universal Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Cody Academy of Pubic Leadership

Oscar A. Carlson High School

Detroit School of Arts

Osborn College Prep

Osborn MST

Lincoln Park

Belleville

Frederick Douglass Academy High School

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

East English Village

Chandler Park

Osborn Evergreen

Hazel Park

 

Northwest

CASMAN

Onekama

Manistee

Manistee Catholic Central

Manton

Alanson

Pine River

Lake City

Mancelona

Pellston

Boyne City

 

Northeast

Alcona

Alpena

ACES

Oscoda

 

Upper Peninsula

Gladstone

Escanaba

Hannahville Indian School

 

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

 

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