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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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MCAN addresses education comments in Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech

The following statement is from Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in response to comments about education delivered by Gov. Rick Snyder in his 2017 State of the State speech. 

Jan. 18, 2017 - “Postsecondary education is vital for the economic stability of our state and to prepare Michiganders for the jobs of tomorrow. Last year in the 2016 State of the State speech, Gov. Snyder unveiled his plans for the 21st Century Michigan Education Commission. It has been an honor to serve on that commission and take part in broad discussions about how to advance K12 and higher education initiatives that will move the needle on Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate. We applaud Gov. Snyder’s commitment to improving access to higher education.  The governor declared this October “College Month” and this effort lead to a 40 percent increase in the number of students filling out financial aid (FAFSA) applications and a united effort to encourage more high school seniors to apply to at least one college.  We thank the Governor for his partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber to expand the Detroit Promise to provide scholarships for high-achieving Detroit students to attend four-year universities.  We support the Governor’s efforts to expand the number of apprenticeship opportunities like MAT2, which combines paid on the job training with the opportunity to attain an Associate Degree.  Finally, we appreciate Governor Snyder’s recognition that our students need better career counseling to help them navigate and enroll in the postsecondary educational opportunities that will lead to meaningful, high-wage careers.  MCAN is committed to preparing our students for success in today’s knowledge-based economy 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.  

Media Contact

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

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