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Michigan College Access Network Adds Two New Employees

New staff members will work to increase access to postsecondary education in Michigan

March 3, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) welcomed Domonique Clemons and Vicky L. Wright to their team to help increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion of postsecondary degrees.

“It is crucial for MCAN to have postsecondary attainment champions on staff because passion fuels results,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “Our staff is key to helping us work toward a 60 percent postsecondary attainment rate among Michigan residents by 2025.”

Domonique Clemons will serve as a program assistant for MCAN. He comes to MCAN with a variety of experiences in public policy. Prior to joining the MCAN team, he worked as a special assistant in the Michigan Senate. Clemons, a Flint native, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in public policy. He was actively involved with student life while he was at MSU: he served as Student Body President and worked on campus issues such as diversity and inclusion, sexual assault, and college affordability.

“Increasing postsecondary attainment requires coordination between a multitude of groups,” said Clemons, program assistant, MCAN. “An alliance across the public, profit, nonprofit and community groups are what will persuade Michigan residents that college is a necessity and is for everyone.”

Vicky L. Wright will serve as the MCAN’s Operations Manager. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education and Administration from the University of Akron, a master’s degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College. Prior to joining MCAN, Wright worked in various higher education roles at Grand Valley State University, Siena Heights University and Albion College. In her various positions, she supported first year and underrepresented students and their transition to college -- which closely aligns with MCAN’s mission.

“Studies have shown that earning a postsecondary degree significantly changes one’s economic potential,” said Wright, operations manager, MCAN. “I’m eager to expand my work with thought leaders to help residents recognize the importance of obtaining a postsecondary degree.”

Visit http://www.micollegeaccess.org/about/who-we-are#Staff to learn more about the MCAN staff dedicated 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 sixth 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 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 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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Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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MCAN to launch advanced training course for counselors

The Advanced Counselor Course will cover topics in college and career advising for special populations

March 2, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will launch an Advanced Counselor Course. The course, which covers advanced topics in college and career counseling, will kick-off on March 2 at the Kellogg Hotel & Convention Center.

The course, “College and Career Counseling for Special Populations Students,” is the first of three new courses that MCAN will launch in the next year. To participate in the advanced course, participants must have first completed MCAN’s foundational counselor course, the School Counselor Postsecondary Education Planning Training course offered by MCAN in partnership with the Go Alliance Academy. To date, 330 school counselors have completed the introductory course and 80 people are registered for the advanced training.

“This advanced course will build off of the enormous success of the initial counselor training course,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, MCAN. “In our advanced course, participants will go beyond the basics and learn more about helping targeted populations such as students who have experienced foster care, migrant students, refugee students, students who have experienced homelessness, LGBTQ+ students and others.”

“Completing the first counselors course was instrumental to helping my students prepare for postsecondary education, I’m excited to take my knowledge to the next level” said Anissa Emery, school counselor at Oscoda High School. “I hope the advanced course amplifies my understanding about the special challenges that certain populations face while becoming college and career ready and how I can help my students navigate those obstacles.”

The course will be facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning and focuses on a variety of topics including understanding and identifying special populations, building support systems for special populations, and transitioning from high school to college.

For additional information about the Advanced Counselor Course and MCAN’s professional development strategy, please visit micollegeaccess.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 sixth 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 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 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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Sarah Anthony
Deputy Director for Partnerships and Advocacy
Email: Sarah(a)micollegeaccess.org
Cell: 313-355-4078

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MCAN thanks Gov. Snyder’s support to maintain college access initiatives

Proposed budget will support postsecondary education and career readiness initiatives

The following statement is from Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to Governor Snyder’s 2018 budget proposal.

Feb. 8, 2017 - “We applaud Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and his bold decision to increase funding to support postsecondary education and college access initiatives.  Specifically, we congratulate the Governor on his recommendations to increase funding for public university operations by $36.6 million and student financial aid by $16.3 million, while maintaining support for MCAN’s college access initiatives.  The data is clear — postsecondary education is essential to prepare Michigan residents for current and future workforce demands and for the economic vitality of our state. Michigan must continue to invest in higher education in order for residents to develop the skills needed as we shift to a knowledge-based economy. The governor’s support for higher education as a gateway to higher-paying, meaningful careers will ultimately advance opportunity in Michigan. Governor Snyder’s budget allocations send a clear message that Michigan is putting our students first and helping ensure that students are developing the skills required to obtain good jobs and good wages. MCAN is committed to working with the Snyder administration to prepare our students for success and working toward our goal of increasing the number of Michigan residents with postsecondary credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.”

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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 sixth 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 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 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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MCAN celebrates National School Counseling Week

“School Counselors: Helping Students Realize Their Potential” will take place Feb. 6-10

Feb. 6, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) will be joining counselors and educators across the country to celebrate National School Counseling Week. This event is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and will be celebrated Feb. 6-10. The event, titled “School Counselors: Helping Students Realize their Potential,” recognizes and celebrates the critical role that school counselors play in the education process.

MCAN believes school counselors are poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education. To support counselors  as they lead the college access movement in their buildings, MCAN provides professional development opportunities and scholarships. New this year, MCAN offers scholarship funding to school counselors to attend non-MCAN trainings and conferences to support their professional development.

Additionally, MCAN hosts the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course. This course combines online and in-person training over an eight month period and provides school counselors with additional professional development and experience to help students navigate the college going process. More than 300 counselors have completed the training in the last three years.

“MCAN recognizes the vital role counselors play in shaping the direction of students’ lives,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network. “School counselors’ influence is key in college preparation and ensuring that students graduate high school with a defined postsecondary education plan.”

National School Counseling Week brings public attention to the enormous and unique contributions that school counselors make within the education system and highlights the various ways that students directly benefit from the valuable assistance of school counselors.

For more information about National School Counseling Week visit schoolcounselor.org and to learn more about the programs MCAN offers to support school counselors in Michigan, visit micollegeaccess.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 sixth 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 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 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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Jessica Tramontana
Email: jtramontana(a)martinwaymire.com
Cell: 517-708-2992

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Emily Halling to join Michigan College Access Network team

Halling will join the AdviseMI team to enhance college advising program

Feb. 1, 2017 - LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) today announced the addition of Emily Halling as a program supervisor for its AdviseMI program. She will begin her new position on Feb. 1.

AdviseMI helps advance MCAN’s goal of increasing the number of high school students who enter and complete post-secondary education by placing recently-graduated, near-peer advisors in high schools to assist students with navigating the college-going process.

“Being college and career-ready is about more than just filling out a school application and Halling is the perfect complement to this program,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “She’s prepared to go above and beyond by helping advisers understand how to help students find the right fit by explaining academic expectations and applying for financial aid.”

In her role as AdviseMI program supervisor, Halling will work to enhance the training and professional development of college advisers across the state in an effort to ensure high school students are college and career ready. AdviseMI partners with 16 Michigan colleges and universities and has helped train nearly 50 college advisers in the college exploration, application, financial and preparation processes. The program is expected to expand by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Information regarding postsecondary attainment is constantly changing to reflect the higher education landscape,” said Halling, program supervisor of AdviseMI, MCAN. “It is important for our advisers to understand the ins and outs of the process to adequately equip students to succeed with their postsecondary attainment plans.”

Halling graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan - Flint. She continued her education at the University of Michigan to earn her master’s degree in social work. Prior to joining MCAN, Halling worked in various capacities for the Ginsberg Center, Alternatives for Girls, the Daughter Project, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. Halling’s previous experiences will make her a vital asset to the AdviseMI team.

Visit http://www.micollegeaccess.org/about/who-we-are#Staff to learn more about the staff dedicated 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 sixth 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 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 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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