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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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AdviseMI honored with Outstanding National Service Award

Program recognized for improving college access services for more than 120 schools across Michigan

June 6, 2018 - LANSING, MICH. – AdviseMI received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Award ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. Thirty-seven other individuals, businesses and nonprofits were recognized for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

The Outstanding National Service Award is awarded to programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

AdviseMI, an AmeriCorps program through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), has grown to become one of the largest programs in the state to improve access to higher education. Eighty-eight AmeriCorps members serve as college advisers in more than 120 high schools across the state, providing college access resources to high school students.  AdviseMI works to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education by placing well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates.

“I’m honored to recognize the accomplishments of all of tonight’s winners,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.  “The Governor’s Service Awards are a unique opportunity to highlight the outstanding work that Michigan residents are doing to uplift others.”

The Michigan College Access Network and AdviseMI are dedicated lowering barriers facing low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color. This year, more than 8,000 students have been accepted into college, which exceeds the program goal of 4,400 students.

“AdviseMI provides critical college access resources to more than 20,000 students and their families,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “We want all students in Michigan to realize and believe that they are college material, and to pursue education beyond high school. With 88 members serving in over 120 schools, AdviseMI is doing work that is critical in increasing postsecondary education in Michigan.”

The advisers are recent graduates from 17 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, Saginaw Valley State University, Sienna Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Learn more about the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards 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 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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AdviseMI to Receive Outstanding National Service Award

Program recognized for improving college access services for more than 120 schools across Michigan

May 11, 2018 - LANSING, MICH. – AdviseMI will receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award during a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. Thirty-seven other individuals, businesses and nonprofits will also be recognized for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

AdviseMI, an AmeriCorps program through the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), has grown to become one of the largest programs in the state. Eighty-eight AmeriCorps members serve as college advisers in more than 120 high schools across the state, providing college access resources to high school students.  AdviseMI works to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education by placing well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates.

“The college advisers are working to give students a helping hand and provide support to navigate the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “Navigating college applications or financial aid can be daunting. These passionate individuals deserve this important recognition for their hard work and the countless lives they have touched.”

The Michigan College Access Network and AdviseMI are dedicated to closing gaps in education that low-income students, first generation students and students of color face. This year, more than 5,000 students have already been accepted into college, which exceeds the program goal of 4,400 students.

“This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments.”

The advisers are recent graduates from 17 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, Saginaw Valley State University, Sienna Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Learn more about the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards 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 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

Download Press Release (PDF)   

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