Lenawee College Access Network Receives $60,000 Implementation Grant

Grant supports collaborative process to increase college-going rates in Lenawee County

LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan College Access Network has announced Lenawee College Access Network will receive a $60,000 implementation grant to support strategic efforts to improve college-attainment rates within the community. 

MCAN provides planning, implementation and continuous improvement grants to support college-access and -success initiatives. The three types of grants are designed to help Michigan communities establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase their college-going rates.

“The difference this grant is making in the lives of Lenawee County residents is astounding,” said Peggy Molter, Lenawee College Access Network coordinator. “It will support our network and in turn, support our schools and community. We continue to seek and align the resources that we have. The use of a shared measurement system, along with continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities, is making a difference. Lenawee College Access Network supports the need for postsecondary  career training for our students and this grant will help move us toward a goal that 60 percent of our young adults will achieve credentialing, certification or a degree.”

The Lenawee College Access Network serves Lenawee County. The Lenawee Community Foundation serves as the backbone support organization for the Network, which includes a diverse cross-section of community leaders from all county schools, city and county government, economic development and program providers.

Local access networks set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance. These LCANs coordinate programs, services and resources that lower the barriers preventing students - particularly low-income and first-generation college-going students and students of color - from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities.  

“Each local college access network plays a critical role in sparking systematic change necessary to increase college readiness, participation and completion within their community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network.

MCAN supports 50 local college access networks across the state. Funding from the State of Michigan and The Kresge Foundation make MCAN grants possible. To learn more about Planning, Implementation and Continuous Improvement grants, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.



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 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 www.micollegeaccess.org


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