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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

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MCAN Responds to State Superintendent Brian Whiston's Passing

May 8, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. - The following statement is from Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to the passing of State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston on Monday evening, May 7.

“Superintendent Whiston made a profound impact on Michigan and public education. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to Superintendent Whiston’s family and MDE colleagues following his passing,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “Superintendent Whiston steadfast commitment to Michigan’s students was demonstrated by his dedication to making Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years. By working in tandem with education advocates, parents, and educators he made it clear that only by setting bold goals would we propel students to reach higher and achieve those goals. His leadership and ability to work collaboratively will be missed.” 

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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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High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all seniors continuing their postsecondary education

May 1, 2018 - LANSING, Mich.− May signals the kickoff of College Decision Day events across Michigan. Hundreds of high schools across the state are recognizing high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day, which mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes, celebrates high school seniors who are going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare for continuing their postsecondary education.

“We want to recognize every student’s hard work and dedication for making their postsecondary plans a reality,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “By mimicking the NCAA’s National Signing Day, we want to reinforce the belief that students choosing a college deserves 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. Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative aimed to inspire every student across the country to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school.

Events in Michigan start today and run through the month of May. MCAN has made a map available of all College Decision Day events here.

To celebrate our seniors, people across the state are wearing college gear and sharing encouragement on social media. Show your support by using #MIDecisionDay and #ReachHigher support by posting pictures wearing college gear from your alma mater and join the conversation on social media like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.  

To learn more about Michigan’s College Decision Day and the more than 200 high schools hosting events across the state, visit the Michigan College Access Network website.

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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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Seventy-One Michigan High Schools Selected for Innovative College Adviser Program


Program to help low-income and first-generation students navigate college exploration

April 16, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – Seventy-one Michigan high schools were selected to host college advisers through the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. This is the fourth year of the AdviseMI program, which places recent college graduates in high schools to help students navigate the college-going process. Fifty-six advisers will serve 71 high schools, with some advisers splitting their time between two high schools, allowing for a broader reach in communities across the state.

AdviseMI aims to increase the amount of high school students that pursue education beyond high school. The program embeds well-trained, near-peer college advisers into high schools across Michigan, particularly in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

The average Michigan high school counselor is assigned over 700 students, making it difficult to provide the attention necessary to help students identify which postsecondary education options are the right fit. AdviseMI advisers collaborate with high school counselors to bridge the gap in college exploration by helping students navigate the complex transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.

College advisers will be ready to serve when the school year starts in the fall 2018 at host sites selected to participate in AdviseMI. Advisers undergo an intensive four-week training. After completing the training, they will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a fit, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

“The 71 schools who will host these well-trained advisers are the perfect complement to the hard work of school counselors working to increase the college-going rate in communities across the state,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “Recent college graduates are able to effectively serve as advisers by demystifying the college-going process because it’s a path they recently traveled themselves. Our advisers undergo an intense four-week training in order to position them for success when helping high school students evaluate their any available opportunities.”

The advisers will be 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, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

The complete list of the 71 high schools selected through a competitive review selection process to receive the 56 college advisers can be viewed and downloaded here. High schools new to the program are indicated by an asterisk and are in bold type.

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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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