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56 College Advisers Begin School Year in Communities Across Michigan

AdviseMI continues into fourth year helping low-income and first-generation students pursue college

Sept. 10, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – Seventy-one Michigan high schools will host 56 college advisers as part of the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. Now in its fourth year, AdviseMI aims to increase the number of Michigan students who pursue education beyond high school.

AdviseMI focuses on placing recent college graduates in high schools with low college-going rates. They work alongside school counselors and other staff to help students navigate the transition from high school to postsecondary education, including taking college admissions tests, applying to colleges and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“For four years, AdviseMI has served as an important resource helping students navigate the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “As recent college graduates themselves, our advisers offer important insight to students. The advisers are specially trained to help students understand a vital message not every student is told -- they are college material.”

New advisers attended an intense four-week training program on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) over the summer to prepare them for the 2018-19 school year. Some advisers will split time between two high schools, allowing 56 advisers to serve in 71 high schools across the state.

“The training our advisers undergo is thorough, and gives them the tools they need to provide expertise and guidance to students,” said Melissa Steward, director of AdviseMI. “It’s vital for advisers to discuss financial aid programs, help students master the college application process, and understand how to work with special populations to help them overcome challenges they may face to pursue education beyond high school.”

AdviseMI recently received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

The advisers are recent graduates from 18 partner colleges including, Adrian College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

To see the full list of the 71 participating high schools, go here.

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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. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. 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.

 

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Christopher Tremblay
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AdviseMI Begins Training for College Advisers Across Michigan

Training program prepares advisers to help students navigate college-going process

July 23, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – AdviseMI, an initiative through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has begun its annual four-week training program for high school advisers on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. Once trained, 56 recent college graduates will serve as postsecondary education advisers in 70 schools across Michigan, with a special focus on schools where a lower percentage of students attend college.

This advanced training, in partnership with the MSU College Advising Corps, is designed to prepare the new advisers to begin working this fall at their assigned schools to assist more Michigan students to pursue education beyond high school. This is the fourth year of the AdviseMI program.

“AdviseMI provides important college access resources to more than 20,000 students and their families,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “We want to change the conversation to ensure all students know, regardless of their zip code, they are college material. As recent college graduates themselves, our advisers can help students as near-peers and play a role in driving that message home to students.”

AdviseMI recently received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Award ceremony. The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

“We appreciate Gov. Snyder recognizing the efforts of AdviseMI and know we still have our work cut out for us. We want students to understand they are college material,” said Melissa Steward, director of AdviseMI. “Our training is comprehensive and intense. We bring college access experts from across the state and country to discuss financial aid programs, how to work with special populations and the best way to navigate obstacles that students might find in their path to furthering their education.”

These experts will range from high school counselors to financial aid representatives to national organizations such as the College Board and uAspire. In addition to attending the formal sessions, college advisers will tour college campuses and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

Once they complete their training, some of the advisers will split their time between two high schools, allowing 56 college advisers to serve 70 high schools across the state. To learn more about AdviseMI, go here.

For media interested in attending a training session, please contact Sarah Anthony.

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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. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deputy Director of External Engagement
Media Contact: Sarah Anthony
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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Michigan College Access Network Welcomes New Director of External Engagement

Christopher Tremblay will work to increase access to higher education in Michigan

July 10, 2018 - LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will welcome Dr. Christopher Tremblay to their team. Dr. Tremblay will start on Aug. 22 and will play a crucial role at MCAN, serving as director of external engagement, and will maintain and grow college access partnerships across the state.

For 20 years, Tremblay has been a leader in the higher education community. Prior to joining MCAN, he worked on a variety of college campuses including Western Michigan University, Gannon University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Michigan State University.

Tremblay’s college access involvement began with serving on the board of a Local College Access Network in Wayne, Michigan. Since then, he has facilitated school counselor postsecondary training, trained College Advising Corps members, served on the MCAN College Application Week committee and evaluated MCAN grant applications.

“Dr. Tremblay has been actively involved in various initiatives to increase the number of students pursuing higher education, even before MCAN was founded,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “Tremblay’s enthusiasm is infectious. I’m excited to channel his passion in a new capacity at MCAN.”

Dr. Tremblay earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. Additionally, he earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and is proud to be the first person in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

In 2014, Tremblay partnered with MCAN Board Member Patrick O’Connor to launch the Journal of College Access. In that time, they have published five issues featuring 38 papers that have been downloaded worldwide more than 8,200 times.

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the MCAN team to advance college access in Michigan,” said Tremblay. “I am looking forward to strengthening our partnerships, expanding awareness of our work, and collaborating to reach our goal of 60 percent attainment by 2025."

Under Dr. Tremblay’s leadership, Western Michigan University received the 2015 MCAN Steward Award for its active participation in college access initiatives.

Visit the MCAN staff page to learn more about the team dedicated to improving college attainment rates across Michigan.

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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. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deputy Director of External Engagement
Media Contact: Sarah Anthony
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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Michigan College Access Network Welcomes New Operations Assistant

Shavonna Green will work to increase access to postsecondary education in Michigan

June 7, 2018 - LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) recently welcomed Shavonna Green to their team. Green will play an important role at MCAN, an organization working to increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion rates.

Green will serve as MCAN’s operations assistant, providing administrative support to the entire organization. Prior to joining MCAN, she worked as a research assistant and resident assistant at Michigan State University. Additionally, she interned in the office of State Representative Jewell Jones  (D-Inkster) and served as a student assistant at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

“Having a team that is passionate about college access is paramount to our success,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “This type of passion is what fuels results. We’re grateful to have a champion like Shavonna on our team who will work to expand access to higher education.”

In addition to serving as the president of the Michigan State Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers, Green is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.

“Higher education plays a vital role in our communities’ success, as well as the success of our state and its residents,” said Green. “I’m thrilled to join the team at MCAN and assist in their efforts to improve college access in Michigan.”

Visit the MCAN staff page to learn more about the team dedicated to improving college attainment rates across Michigan.

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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. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2016. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Media Contact: Sarah Anthony
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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