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High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all high school seniors attending postsecondary institutions in the fall

MAY 5, 2017 - LANSING, MICH.− May 1 signals the official kickoff of College Decision Day events across Michigan. Nearly 300 high schools across the state are recognizing high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day’s goal is to celebrate all seniors who are going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare for continuing their education at a postsecondary institution.

“College Decision Day mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes by celebrating every student’s decision to pursue postsecondary education,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “Whether pursuing a four-year degree or high-quality credential, students deserve the same accolades and recognition as student athletes.”

Since 2014, the Michigan College Access Network has organized College Decision Day as a statewide event, an adaption of National College Signing Day, a program of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative aimed to inspire every student across the country to take charge of their future by continuing, and completing, their education past high school.

Events in Michigan start today and run through the month of May and June. MCAN has made a map available of all College Decision Day events at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1rMH-rp8U_S9bwbSb7ksYafFkOoU.

To celebrate our seniors, people across the state are wearing college gear and sharing encouragement on social media. Show your #CollegeSigningDay and #MiDecisionDay support by posting pictures wearing college gear from your alma mater and join the conversation on social media.

To learn more about Michigan’s College Decision Day and the high schools hosting events across the state, visit the Michigan College Access Network website at http://www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day.

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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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Nearly 300 High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all high school seniors attending postsecondary institutions in the fall

MAY 1, 2017 - Lansing, MICH.  

What: 2017 College Decision Day events will take place across Michigan from April 28 to May 31, as nearly 300 high schools recognize high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. To celebrate the kickoff of the College Decision Day Season, the Michigan College Access Network is celebrating National College Signing Day and encouraging all Michigan residents to wear their college gear throughout the week. 

College Decision Day mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day and celebrates all seniors for continuing their postsecondary education. Whether you’re a teacher, community leader, parent, celebrity or someone who wants to see students succeed, show your support by wearing college gear on or around May 1 and attending a College Decision Day event in your community. 

Who, When and Where: A map of all College Decision Day events, including contact information for each high school, is available athttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1rMH-rp8U_S9bwbSb7ksYafFkOoU.

Social: Follow the conversation on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MiDecisionDay and #CollegeSigningDay. Take a photo wearing your college gear and share it to join in the celebration.

Press: All College Decision Day events are open to the media. Please contact Sarah Anthony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (313) 355-4078 who will notify participating schools you will be attending.

More information about Michigan’s College Decision Day efforts is available at http://www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day

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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.

 

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

 

 

MCAN Adds Two New Employees

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

APRIL 28, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) welcomed Karla Perez Garza and Kristen Donoghue to their team to help increase Michigan residents’ college readiness, participation and completion of postsecondary degrees.

“Increasing the postsecondary education attainment rate in Michigan is critical to the success of our communities,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Perez Garza and Donoghue’s experiences will help increase the reach of MCAN’s initiatives.”

Karla Perez Garza will serve as a Program Supervisor for AdviseMI. Prior to joining MCAN, Perez Garza was a program coordinator at the Center for Latin Studies at Ferris State University where she discovered her passion for college access through the Promesa Summer Success Program and Promise Partners Mentorship Collaborative. Karla graduated from Ferris in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration.

“My experience at the Center for Latin Studies opened my eyes to the need to ensure Michigan residents realize that college is for everyone,” said Perez Garza, program supervisor, AdviseMI. “Equipping students with well-trained advisers will ease the navigation and transition process from high school to college.”

Kristen Donoghue will serve as a Program Supervisor for AdviseMI. Donoghue’s experience with college and career counseling aligns with MCAN’s mission of advocating for access to postsecondary education. In addition to serving two terms of service with AmeriCorps, working as a school social worker with the Noble Network of Charter Schools and being named a Detroit Revitalization Fellow, Donoghue holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy and a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

“I’ve seen the need to increase access to postsecondary education from a variety of lenses – social work, counseling and economic development,” said Donoghue, program supervisor, AdviseMI. “Increasing access to higher education is a multi-pronged issue that needs cooperation among groups to show Michigan students the benefit of postsecondary education.”

Visit www.micollegeaccess.org/about/who-we-are 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.

Media Contact

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

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Michigan College Access Network hosts first College Access Advocacy Day

Event focuses on work being done to increase college attainment rates in Michigan

APRIL 20, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) hosted its first College Access Advocacy Day event on Thursday, April 20. Champions of postsecondary education highlighted the work being done at the state and local level to increase college attainment rates throughout the state of Michigan.

The event provided an opportunity for Local College Access Networks, promise zones, and other college access and success programs to meet with state legislators and discuss Michigan’s educational challenges and opportunities.

“The Michigan College Access Network and its partners are working hard to increase Michigan’s degree-attainment rate and are proud to showcase our efforts to their elected leaders” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “We partner with organizations, businesses and individuals who advocate for policies and programs that make postsecondary education more attainable for all Michigan residents. Every day the work we’re doing is making a difference in the lives of students across Michigan.”

Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased for six consecutive years, but at 39.3 percent it still lags behind the national average of 40 percent. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.

“I love coming to the Capitol to share the work we’re doing on the local level. Postsecondary education is crucial for preparing Michiganders for the jobs of tomorrow and making our state a contender in a global economy,” said Michele Strasz, Executive Director of the Capital Area College Access Network. “It is absolutely vital that our high school students receive support as they navigate college and career options. MCAN is doing critical work preparing our students to be successful after 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 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.

Media Contact

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

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Executive Director of Michigan College Access Network to receive national award

Brandy Johnson will receive the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Centennial Award for Excellence

APRIL 3, 2017 - LANSING, MICH. Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) executive director Brandy Johnson will receive the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Centennial Award for Excellence for her positive contributions to the college access movement. The AACRAO Centennial Award for Excellence is presented to an individual who has influenced the education community in a progressive manner, while supporting the mission of the organization.  

“I’m honored to have been nominated and to be recognized on a national level for the work our organization is doing to reach our goal of 60 percent degree attainment among Michigan residents by the year 2025,” said Johnson. “It has been both a personal and professional mission of mine to advocate for postsecondary education since I attended college as a first generation college-going student.”

Johnson’s active leadership and passion for higher education has aided in the development and growth of MCAN, in addition to the college access movement nationally.

MCAN supports statewide and local efforts geared towards expanding postsecondary education in Michigan. The organization works to develop partnerships with local, state and national organizations in the education sector, train high school counselors and direct service providers in college and career advising and works with high schools to implement college initiatives such as Michigan College Month, and College Decision Day.

In addition, Johnson has partnered with organizations across the state representing philanthropy, government, business, nonprofit, K-12 and higher education sectors to address the social, academic and financial barriers preventing students from pursing postsecondary education. To sustain MCAN and their efforts of investing in Michigan’s college access movement, Brandy and her team has raised over $10 million in federal, state and private funds. 

Johnson will accept her award on April 2 at the AACRAO annual meeting in Minneapolis.

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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.

 

Media Contact

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

Download the press release (PDF)

 

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