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Michigan College Access Network Expands Board of Directors and Announces New Chairperson

 Eight new members from across Michigan increase depth of board experience
to advance college-going culture

 

Jan. 29, 2019 - LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has announced the election of eight new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected board members are Bart Daig, Ph.D., Maddy Day, LLMSW, David Gamlin, Donna L. Givens,  Dr. Daniel Little, Sarah Wycoff McCauley, David R. McGhee and Sharon Mortensen.  

“We are thrilled to welcome such talented, diverse individuals to our board,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “All of these individuals bring experience, expertise and fresh energy to the table. I’m confident their contributions will broaden our perspective as we increase college readiness, participation and completion throughout Michigan.”

In addition, Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., becomes the incoming board chairperson. O’Connor is associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Hills. O’Connor has served on the MCAN Board since 2011 and most recently served as Vice Chairperson of the Board. O’Connor is also one of the co-founders/co-editors of the Journal of College Access.

“Our new board, at 15 members, will enable us to expand our reach as we support the important work of this statewide network,” said Dr. Patrick O’Connor, MCAN board chairperson. “We are committed to ensuring that the MCAN Strategic Plan grows our impact in this college access movement. I also want to thank Sharlonda Buckman for her dedication and service as Chairperson of the Board over the last two years,” added O’Connor.

The new board of directors members convened their first meeting Jan. 22, 2019.

The new members include:

Bart Daig, Ph.D., has served in a variety of roles at Baker College over the past 28 years. Currently as the CEO/President, he is responsible for providing vision, strategic direction, and executive leadership for the Baker College System that ensures the achievement of the College’s mission, philosophy, strategies and annual goals. Bart holds a Ph.D. in leadership, a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has been a life-long resident of Genesee County and currently resides in Atlas Township.

Maddy Day, LLMSW, holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. In 2010, while pursuing her MSW, Maddy co-founded the University of Washington Champions Program, a recruitment and retention program for students from foster care. She graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and worked as Director of Outreach and Training for the Center for Fostering Success at Western Michigan University for six years, developing and directing the Fostering Success Michigan statewide initiative and supervising the Center for Fostering Success training specialist. In July 2018, Maddy started her own consulting company, Maddy Day LLC, and joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative as a Site Consultant. Day resides in Portage.

David Gamlin is the vice president of Midnight Golf Program, a 30-week empowerment and mentoring experience that provides high school students in Detroit with invaluable character education lessons including financial literacy, college preparation, community activism and learning to play golf. Since its creation in 2001, the Midnight Golf Program has helped thousands of at-risk, underserved high school students in the Detroit area enter college and various professional careers. Gamlin has been with the program in some capacity for the past 18 years, having held titles including workshop presenter, program director and, now, vice president. In addition to his work with Midnight Golf Program, Gamlin has 30 years of experience mentoring youth, including work with New Detroit, a civic leadership organization. Gamlin resides in Southfield.

Donna L. Givens has over 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience in areas of youth and family development, community economic development, community partnerships and community education. Over the years, she has developed and implemented demonstration programs and worked in partnership with a number of community organizations with the consistent goal of increasing opportunity, building capacity and fostering growth. Now serving as President and CEO of Eastside Community Network, Givens formerly held leadership positions in a number of nonprofit organizations and boards, including Youth Development Commission, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, New Detroit, Inc., and Bridges to Hope, among others. She has a master of educational leadership degree from Wayne State University, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a certificate of completion from the Harvard University Summer Leadership Institute. Givens resides in Detroit.

Daniel Little, Ph.D., holds appointments of professor of sociology and professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. Little served as chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2000 to 2018, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Little received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1971 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. Little has had substantial involvement in the Metro Detroit community, including board memberships on New Detroit, City Year Detroit, the Urban League of Detroit, Detroit Drives Degrees, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, and Detroit Public Television. Little resides in Ann Arbor. 

Sarah Wycoff McCauley is the founder and president of Strategic Policy Consultants, a policy consulting firm that represents clients in Michigan and throughout the country on issues related to education and the workforce, economic prosperity, criminal justice, regional collaboration and more. Sarah has nearly a decade of experience with public policy, including work in both state and local government. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Albion College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. McCauley resides in Traverse City.

David R. McGhee joined the Skillman Foundation in 2014 and serves as the associate vice president of organizational excellence and impact. Prior to joining the Foundation, David served as a program director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and as a congressional liaison for U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, who represents Michigan’s 5th Congressional District. David’s work with youth and communities and role as a thought-leader has been recognized across the state and beyond. He was featured in the September 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and contributed to the National Urban League’s 2013 State of Black America Report. In 2016, he was selected as a Next City Vanguard, joining a group of 45 top urban innovators making equitable change, and was also selected to take part in the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Summit, a gathering of the nation’s emerging nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. David received his bachelor’s degree in public administration & public policy from Oakland University and a master’s degree in leadership from Central Michigan University.  David is a lifetime resident of Flint.

Sharon Mortensen serves as president/CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation, a position she has held since June 2012. Under her leadership, the Foundation has begun a career and college access network designed to encourage first generation and economically-disadvantaged students to complete postsecondary training. Sharon has worked in the nonprofit world for over 25 years and has extensive nonprofit and community involvement having served or currently serving on a number of councils, boards and commissions, including the Midland County Health and Human Services Council, Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Midland, City of Midland Housing Commission, Midland Community Center Advisory Board, ROCK Advisory Board, among others. Mortensen resides in Midland. 

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ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)

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.

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MIHEART Coalition Hosts Talent Summit

Broad coalition emphasizes importance of investment in education beyond high school

 Jan. 24, 2019 - LANSING, MICH. — MIHEART, a broad coalition of business, military, law enforcement, philanthropic, education and government leaders, is hosting a Talent Summit today, Thursday Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to educate members of Michigan’s 100th Legislature and the Whitmer Administration on the urgency of supporting education beyond high school for all Michigan citizens. The Talent Summit has more than 100 attendees from a variety of sectors.

“Progress has been made, but Michigan still has work to do if we want to keep a competitive edge when it comes to filling the need for talent,” said Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The time has come to provide all Michiganders 21st century skills to fill the job needs of tomorrow.”

MIHEART released the Total Talent Report in September detailing the need to support strategies that help Michiganders earn employer-valued postsecondary credentials, degrees, and certificates that position them for long-term success and meet the state’s talent demands. 

“Effective career exploration and navigation for students from middle school to college is essential if Michigan is going to produce the talent industry needs now and in the future,” said Kevin Stotts, Talent 2025. “Students and their parents want to know more than what are today’s hot jobs. They want to know which postsecondary education and training programs lead to high-wage jobs fulling careers that are match their interests and abilities.” Talent 2025 is a catalyst working to ensure an ongoing supply of world-class talent for West Michigan. Composed of over 100 CEOs from the region, Talent 2025 illuminates gaps, evaluates leading practices, and advocates for the implementation of those leading practices to make West Michigan a top 20 employment region by the year 2025. 

The Talent Summit is focused on the critical need to improve post-secondary education and training programs to help develop diverse career pathways for Michigan students.

“Michigan’s pressing challenge is to build up our talent, equipping all with the skills and postsecondary credentials needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Tim Sowton, Business Leaders for Michigan.

Michigan business representatives are taking part in a constructive conversation, addressing the skills gap Michigan is facing. By 2025, more than 60 percent of Michigan jobs will require education beyond high school, such as a postsecondary degree or professional or technical certificate. Despite this looming need, only 44 percent of adults in Michigan have that level of education.

“Talent is the new currency of economic development. It is our ticket to building a stronger region and more vibrant state,” said Tim Daman, President & CEO Lansing Regional Chamber. “If we are to solve the growing talent gap in Michigan, business and education leaders must work together to create and promote diverse career pathways for our students. We need to take a visionary and creative approach to bridge the gap between business, education and talent to develop a workforce that is prepared and empowered to succeed now and well into the future.”

“Our state’s economic vitality is rooted in the education levels and workforce readiness of all Michiganders,” said Caroline Altman Smith, Deputy Director-Education of The Kresge Foundation. “Total Talent reveals promising gains in postsecondary participation. But we must invigorate this pace and help more students complete a degree, especially those for whom college attainment is most transformative – students of color and students from low-income households. The Kresge Foundation remains committed to supporting Michigan-based organizations working to improve student outcomes.”

More information on the MIHEART coalition can be found here.

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MIHEART Coalition to Host Talent Summit

Coalition of Business, Military, Law Enforcement, Philanthropic and Education Leaders host summit on the importance of investment in education beyond high school

WHAT:  MIHEART, a broad coalition of business, military, law enforcement, philanthropic, education and government leaders, are hosting a Talent Summit to educate members of Michigan’s 100th Legislature and the Whitmer Administration on the urgency of supporting education beyond high school for all Michigan citizens. MIHEART released a report in September detailing the need to support strategies that help Michiganders earn employer-valued postsecondary credentials, degrees, and certificates that position them for long-term success and meet the state’s talent demands.   

WHO:  More than 100 confirmed attendees representing all sectors listed above

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:           

Susan Heegaard, President of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and

Former Commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Caroline Altman Smith, The Kresge Foundation

“Sandy” K. Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber

Tim Sowton, Business Leaders for Michigan

Kevin Stotts, Talent 2025

Bob Trezise, Lansing Economic Area Partnership

Tim Daman, Lansing Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Zdeb, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals

Chris Wigent, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators

William C. Miller, Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators

Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network

Dan Hurley and Will Emerson, Michigan Association of State Universities

Robert LeFevre and Shannon Price, Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities

Mike Hansen and Erica Orians, Michigan Community College Association, Michigan Center for

Student Success

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.

Agenda attached. 

WHERE: Mackinac Room of the Anderson House Office Building

CONTACT: Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director 
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Winning Futures receives Innovative Program Grant from Michigan College Access Network

The grant will support the Workforce Prep pilot program for approximately
500 10th graders at seven Metro Detroit high schools

Jan. 10, 2019 - LANSING, MICH.Winning Futures in Warren, Michigan, was awarded an Innovative Program Grant by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).  This $10,000 award will be used to teach 10th graders soft skills and provide hands-on opportunities that enable them to gain workplace experience and prepare them for college and their career. Students from seven metro Detroit high schools will participate in this program: Cass Technical (Detroit), Community (Warren Consolidated alternative; Sterling Heights), Mumford (Detroit), Harper Woods, Madison (Madison Heights), Pontiac Academy for Excellence and Warren Mott.

According to Winning Futures, “Tenth graders will complete a weekly mentoring program matched with trained business mentors from the local community. Mentors meet their mentees during the day at their school in a designated Winning Futures’ classroom one hour per week for 21 weeks.”

The soft-skills education portion of the program will feature a curriculum that includes these topics:  Positive Attitudes, Strengths & Talents, Values & Ethics in the Workplace, Career Planning & Exploration, Finding the Right Continuing Education Fit, Short & Long-Term Goal Setting, Academic Goal Setting, Study Skills, Overcoming Obstacles, Mapping a Career Plan, Support Teams, Public Speaking and Professionalism.

“Our Workforce Prep program will work with those students to inspire them to graduate from high school, find continuing education and a career path that is a good fit, and stay with them as they complete that crucial first year of continuing education, helping ensure completion of their education,” stated Kristina Marshall, president and CEO of Winning Futures. 

Winning Futures cited research from Business Leaders for Michigan that found that, “only 23 percent of Michigan high school graduates are college and career ready, putting Michigan in the bottom half of states in terms of college-ready grads.”

“This grant addresses the lack of basic skills that are needed in the workplace in Michigan, as reported by employers,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “This program connects career and college, which is important for preparing students for their futures.”

Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment, and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $276,000 in 30 different Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout the state.

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ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)

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 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.

ABOUT WINNING FUTURES

Winning Futures is an award-winning nonprofit organization in Warren, Michigan that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring, strategic planning and workforce preparation. They transform high school students across metro Detroit into becoming self-reliant, employable, productive adults. They help students see the path to a purposeful career and assist them in creating the road map to get there. Since 1994, they have impacted 47,000 students and awarded $1.9 million in scholarships to their mentees. For more information, visit winningfutures.org.

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Michigan College Access Network awarded more than $1.13 million to statewide organizations in 2018

Grants aim to improve college readiness and participation among Michigan students

Dec. 20, 2018 - LANSING, MICH.The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) awarded $1.13 million in grants to more than 41 different organizations across the state in 2018. All of the grants went to schools, organizations or local efforts to improve the number of students pursuing education beyond high school, including college advising, continuous improvements to helping students, and innovative program grants.

“These grants fund the dedication and innovation of individuals within schools and organizations to encourage students furthering their education beyond high school, which is a necessity in today’s world,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network. “We’re honored to disperse more than one million dollars to organizations that are working to move the needle. We know wholeheartedly that college is for everyone, and these organizations are an important part of a movement sending that message to all Michigan students.”

All of the grants awarded through MCAN are designed to fund efforts that increase college readiness, enrollment and completion in local communities.

The grants given include:

  • 20 Reach Higher High School Grants
  • 13 Innovative Program Grants
  • 7 Local College Access Network Grants
  • 1 College Advising Grant

“Nobody better understands how to navigate the obstacles facing students in local communities than the people living there,” continued Johnson. “We are proud to provide the financial support to spark a movement on the local level to assist organizations and schools across the state working for change.”

For more information about the grants available through MCAN, 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 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 in 2018It 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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