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Michigan College Access Network Welcomes New Employee

Jahshua Smith will work to increase access to postsecondary education in Michigan

Jan. 22, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) welcomed Jahshua Smith to their AdviseMI team. In his role, Smith will work to enhance the training and professional development of college advisers across the state and help increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion of postsecondary degrees through the AdviseMI program.

“Having knowledgeable staff is absolutely vital to the success of the AdviseMI program,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “As a program supervisor, Jahshua will work to enhance the training and professional development of college advisers in Metro Detroit and ensure that high school seniors are college and career ready. We are thrilled to have him join our team.”

Smith will serve as MCAN’s AdviseMI Program Supervisor for Metro Detroit. Prior to joining MCAN, he worked as a behavior treatment specialist, supervisor and residential counselor for Highfields Inc., while also serving as program director for All of the Above Creative in Lansing. Before that, he held a position as a school and community specialist with the Center for Court Innovation in New York and was the program coordinator for New Community for Children in Washington D.C. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Michigan State University.

“Postsecondary education and degree attainment is paramount for Michigan’s continued success,” said Smith. “Advisers play a key role in helping students gain access to higher education, and I’m eager to help AdviseMI produce and place well-trained advisers in Michigan high schools to help ensure students are equipped with college and career options that best suit them.”

 Smith is a perfect fit for MCAN’s mission to increase postsecondary enrollment and completion because of his passion for education. His experience as both an educator and a leader compliments his role as an AdviseMI program supervisor to combine perspective from both roles to enhance the program.  

AdviseMI partners with 17 Michigan colleges and universities and has helped trained dozens of college advisers to help students in the college exploration, application, financial and preparation processes.

Visit our staff page to learn more about our team’s dedication to improving college attainment rates among Michigan residents.

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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 43.4 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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MCAN to Receive Grant from National College Access Network

Funding will bolster efforts to strengthen students pursuing higher education in Michigan  

Jan.10, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – The National College Access Network (NCAN) has awarded the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) a State Member Advocacy Grant to help bolster efforts to educate legislators and support policies that strengthen education and postsecondary efforts.

The grant will provide $20,000 over a two year period, totaling $40,000. This grant will provide MCAN the opportunity to expand their organizational capacity to promote policies that support students and their higher education experience.

MCAN is committed  to increasing Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students and students of color.

“This grant allows an important education component to ensuring Michigan’s lawmakers know the importance of postsecondary education, as well understanding the efforts on the ground within the communities they represent,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “The State Member Adovocacy Grant will allow us to focus more resources on raising awareness to increase college access and preparedness opportunities throughout the state .”  

Throughout the duration of the grant period, MCAN will work alongside other college access organizations across NCAN’s membership. The MCAN team will focus on the needs of students and raise conciousness around the importance of need-based aid. 

“Expanding our efforts translates to a broader reach,” said Johnson. “There are issues our organization supports to assist students with the college-going process, including academic, financial and social support.”

MCAN supports legislation that aligns with their mission of improving college access. House bill 4181, introduced by Rep. Brett Roberts (R- Charlotte), was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. This legislation would require school counselors to receive training on career and college advising to help guide the decision-making of high school students.

To learn more about the Michigan College Access Network and their efforts to improve Michigan’s college attainment rate, visit micollegeacess.org

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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 43.4 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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MCAN Recognizes 11 Selected Michigan Schools

To Receive System Impact Grants

Nov. 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that more than $265,000 in High School System Impact Grants will be awarded to 11 high schools across the state to enhance college and career readiness policy and practices. The awarded schools will receive grants of up to $25,000.

“The funds provided by Reach Higher System Impact Grants will provide the resources necessary for schools to implement bold changes to help their students prepare for a college education and future careers,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s imperative that we support students in their efforts to further their education. The Reach Higher System Impact Grants encourage existing participants in our network to take their efforts beyond programming to drive systems change within the partner schools.”

Each of the 11 high schools selected to receive a Reach Higher System Impact Grant was a second year participant of MCAN’s Reach Higher grant program, an initiative aimed at supporting college-going culture inside high schools to increase the number of high school students ready for and enrolling in college. Last year, 100 high schools across the state received more than $500,000 in grants as a part of the Reach Higher program.

Schools were selected based on a competitive grant review process. Reach Higher System Impact Grants will support programs and reforms aimed at bolstering metrics around college and career readiness in a variety of ways, including:

  • Establishing institutionalized college advising positions, increasing existing college and career readiness staff positions, and improving student access to postsecondary education counseling services.
  • Reforming curriculums and course arrangements to specifically address topics such as college readiness, career development and financial literacy.
  • Improving access to college test preparation resources and training programs designed to increase standardized test scores.
  • Creation of college and career planning centers where students, teachers, advisors, and counselors can meet and formulate postsecondary education plans with students.          

“The innovative system changes and reforms made possible by these grants will positively impact students and will build on the successes created by the Reach Higher program,” said Johnson. 

The list of grant recipients includes:

High Schools

Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center

Bridgman High School

Comstock High School

Detroit School of Arts

Hartland High School

Hastings High School

Mancelona High School

Monroe High School

Muskegon High School

Plainwell High School

Whitmore Lake High School

 

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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 43.4 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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MCAN supports Gov. Snyder signing legislation to strengthen counselor requirements

The following statement can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to Gov. Rick Snyder signing HB 4181 to require school counselors to receive training on career and college advising to help guide the decision-making of high school students:

Nov. 9, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. - "We applaud Gov. Snyder and the Legislature for improving requirements for career and college advising. We’re confident this legislation will better equip school counselors  as they help students explore career choices and offer guidance on postsecondary enrollment options. These requirements will boost the proficiency and skills counselors need to continue making a difference in the lives of students and helps ensure a bright future for Michigan by equipping students with the tools needed to succeed in a knowledge-based economy. It takes a network of support to guide students through the college-going process and we know counselors are an important piece of that puzzle.”

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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 43.4 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 313-355-4078

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MCAN applauds Michigan Legislature for passing HB 4181

The following statement can be attributed to Sarah Anthony, deputy director of partnerships and advocacy of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to legislation strengthening requirements for school counselors that will now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

Oct. 26, 2017, LANSING, MICH. - "There is a clear connection to the training and information provided to school counselors and the career and college readiness outcomes of their students. It is critical we support the essential work and impact of Michigan’s school counselors. We applaud the Legislature for passing HB 4181 and encourage Gov. Rick Snyder to support this important effort.

In today’s knowledge-based economy, postsecondary education is not a luxury reserved for some, but a necessity for everyone. School counselors need the proper training to help students navigate every aspect of the college-going process — academic, logistical, financial and social. We strongly believe HB 4181 is an important tool to position Michigan’s school counselors, and their students, for success.”

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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 43.4 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.

 

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

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