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Fifth Annual Michigan College Application Week Promotes Universal Access to Higher Learning

October 26, 2015 - LANSING, MICH. — Hundreds of high schools statewide will kick off Michigan College Application Week beginning Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30. The national initiative, hosted by Michigan College Access Network, seeks to provide each high school senior with the opportunity to apply to institutions that will further their education. Emphasis is placed on students who are the first generation in their families to attend college, minorities and those of low-income status.

Several schools throughout Michigan will be designated host sites where activities will take place to guide high school seniors through completing a college application. Resources and materials will be provided to educators by MCAN, and schools will dedicate classroom time to isolate the different parts of the application process so that seniors have a clear step-by-step understanding of how to determine what schools or training fits their needs.

In collaboration with area high schools, many Michigan colleges will be waiving their application fees for the week, removing financial barriers that may hold students back.

“Navigating the college application process can be daunting, especially when you’re the first in your family to consider secondary education,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “We want to drive home the idea that each student should have the opportunity to attend college regardless of circumstance.”

By the end of the week, all seniors are encouraged to have at least one college application completed. During the 2014 College Application Week, 35,313 college applications were submitted with 91 percent of applications going to in-state institutions.

“Since our pilot year in 2011, we have seen significant increases in application submissions and overall college acceptance,” Johnson said. “We’re committed to continuing this trend to provide an educated and sustainable workforce for Michigan.”

This is the fifth year that Michigan is participating in the national College Application Week initiative. Last year, nearly 300 high schools hosted college-readiness activities. Michigan ranks nationally in college readiness and enrollment of low-income students. Between 2002 and 2012, Michigan’s college participation rate for low-income students increased by 22.4 percent, ranking Michigan fourth among all states.

Michigan College Application Week is part of MCAN’s three-part series through the academic year that outlines the entire college-going process with College Cash Campaign in the winter and College Decision Day in the spring.

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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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 www.micollegeaccess.org.

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Lenawee College Access Network Receives $60,000 Implementation Grant

Grant supports collaborative process to increase college-going rates in Lenawee County

LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan College Access Network has announced Lenawee College Access Network will receive a $60,000 implementation grant to support strategic efforts to improve college-attainment rates within the community. 

MCAN provides planning, implementation and continuous improvement grants to support college-access and -success initiatives. The three types of grants are designed to help Michigan communities establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase their college-going rates.

“The difference this grant is making in the lives of Lenawee County residents is astounding,” said Peggy Molter, Lenawee College Access Network coordinator. “It will support our network and in turn, support our schools and community. We continue to seek and align the resources that we have. The use of a shared measurement system, along with continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities, is making a difference. Lenawee College Access Network supports the need for postsecondary  career training for our students and this grant will help move us toward a goal that 60 percent of our young adults will achieve credentialing, certification or a degree.”

The Lenawee College Access Network serves Lenawee County. The Lenawee Community Foundation serves as the backbone support organization for the Network, which includes a diverse cross-section of community leaders from all county schools, city and county government, economic development and program providers.

Local access networks set goals focused on student success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold partners accountable for performance. These LCANs coordinate programs, services and resources that lower the barriers preventing students - particularly low-income and first-generation college-going students and students of color - from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities.  

“Each local college access network plays a critical role in sparking systematic change necessary to increase college readiness, participation and completion within their community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network.

MCAN supports 50 local college access networks across the state. Funding from the State of Michigan and The Kresge Foundation make MCAN grants possible. To learn more about Planning, Implementation and Continuous Improvement grants, visit www.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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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 www.micollegeaccess.org

 

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Third Year of Successful School Counselor Training Program Brings 150 Students and Course Updates

Postsecondary Counselor Course Continues Streak of Excellence with over 200 Trained Counselors to Date

Sept. 24, 2015 - Lansing, Mich.− More than 130 Michigan school counselors will be returning to their schools this September armed with new strategies to help students navigate the college-going process, thanks to the School Counselor Postsecondary Training Course offered by Michigan College Access Network and Michigan Virtual University.

More than 200 counselors have been trained since the program began in fall 2013 to give participating school counselors an eight-month, hybrid, professional development experience focused on the college-going process. A new group of 150 school counselors began their course on Sept. 24.

The curriculum has been fully updated this year for school counselors and also includes a pilot geared at supporting direct service providers who are not school counselors. School Counselors who complete the course will be able to more readily provide support to students and families on college and career advising.

“We’re ecstatic about the success we’ve had so far, which has allowed us to train and place hundreds of school counselors who are making a difference in helping Michigan students get to college,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “The demand is definitely there and MCAN is committed to ensuring all school counselors in Michigan are prepared to advise students on their college pathways.”

The course includes 12 sessions on topics around college access, including college affordability planning, admission processes, college and career assessments, and transition from high school graduation to college enrollment. This session, the course is taught by six facilitators − five school counselors and one associate professor.

Enrollment in the course is based entirely on nominations from a community member, administrator or higher education professional. If the nominated individual is accepted, he or she is provided with an $800 scholarship to participate in the course.

The course was designed collaboratively with support and expertise from Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling, Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, counselor educators from Michigan universities, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Scholarships and Grants Division , Michigan School Counselor Association, the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board – Go Alliance.  

Funding for this course was made possible through generous support from The Kresge Foundation.

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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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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 www.micollegeaccess.org

Media Contact: Jessica Tramontana
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MCAN Announces Reach Higher Grant Recipients

Program to encourage high schools to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment outcomes

Lansing, MI – September 21, 2015 – Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced 100 schools across the state will receive $5,000 grants to boost efforts to help students pursue education beyond high school. 139 schools applied for the competitive Reach Higher grant in its first year. The goal of the program is to encourage a high school strategy to build a college-going culture and improve college enrollment outcomes.

“The inaugural year of the Reach Higher grant is important momentum we’re hoping to build across the state,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “We are pleased to recognize the significant contributions these 100 schools are making to improve the number of students furthering their postsecondary education.”

The Reach Higher grant is a new grant program administered by the Michigan College Access Network.

The Reach Higher high school grantees will address four essential elements of a high school strategy, including:

  • ·Establish Postsecondary Advisory Council (PAC), a dedicated team to lead the college access strategy, including: administrators, counselors, college advisers, teachers and members of community based-organizations.
  • ·Reach Higher High School Self-Assessment: Each PAC will assess current effectiveness of college and career readiness counseling, support, and programming.
  • ·Triad of College Access Events: Each PAC will plan and host college access events for seniors, including College Application Week in the fall, College Cash Campaign in the winter and College Decision Day in the spring.
  • ·Postsecondary Success Asset Mapping: Each PAC will evaluate the school’s college-going culture using a research-based survey and set of tools.

“These schools play an important role in sparking change necessary to increase college readiness, participation and completion within their community,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network.

The list of grant recipients includes:

West

Allendale

Whitehall

Montague

Plainwell

Union

Maple Valley

Saugatuck

Wyoming

White Lake Area Community Education

Grand Rapids UPrep

Allegan Tech Center

Orchard View

Reeths-Puffer

Hastings

Vestaburg

Holton

Muskegon

 

Southwest

Comstock

Niles

Bridgman

 

East Central

Coleman

Bullock Creek

ACEA

Meridian

 

South Central

Holt

Bath

St. Johns

Capital Area Career Center

 

East

Algonac

Laingsburg

Corunna

New Lothrop

Yale

Port Huron Northern

Harbor Beach

Capac

Bay City Central

Bay City Western

Port Huron

Owosso

 

Southeast

Pittsford

Ypsilanti Community

Ypsilanti New Tech

Milan

WAVE

Whitmore Lake

Hartland

Springport

Jonesville

Whiteford

Monroe

LISD Tech Center

Northwest

Adrian

 

Metro Detroit

East Detroit

Warren Mott

Avondale Academy

Ecorse

Medicine and Community Health at Cody

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Woodhaven

Detroit College Preparatory Academy

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies

Way Academy SW

Pershing

John F. Kennedy High School

John Glenn

Universal Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Cody Academy of Pubic Leadership

Oscar A. Carlson High School

Detroit School of Arts

Osborn College Prep

Osborn MST

Lincoln Park

Belleville

Frederick Douglass Academy High School

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

East English Village

Chandler Park

Osborn Evergreen

Hazel Park

 

Northwest

CASMAN

Onekama

Manistee

Manistee Catholic Central

Manton

Alanson

Pine River

Lake City

Mancelona

Pellston

Boyne City

 

Northeast

Alcona

Alpena

ACES

Oscoda

 

Upper Peninsula

Gladstone

Escanaba

Hannahville Indian School

 

To learn more about AdviseMI go to www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

 

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51 high schools welcome MCAN College Advisers

Recent grads from 12 partnership colleges will help students pursue postsecondary education this fall

LANSING, MICH. – September 3, 2015 – Fifty one Michigan high schools across the state have joined the Michigan College Access Network's new program, AdviseMI. The program seeks to increase Michigan students pursuing postsecondary education by placing recent college graduates as advisers in communities across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates. This fall, 51 Michigan high schools will be welcoming 40 advisers for the new state-wide initiative.

"Our inaugural year of AdviseMI is going to make a huge impact on students understanding the college-going process," said Jacque Ruhland, AdviseMI co-director at the Michigan College Access Network. "Every adviser was selected for this program based on specific qualifications. Weeks of training this summer has this fleet of professionals ready to start in schools across the state and we're confident they will make a huge impact on students."

The college advisers, recent graduates of 12 partner colleges, were trained together in East Lansing during the summer. The 40 advisers will be placed in their assigned communities for one year, with the opportunity to return for up to three years, and have been well-trained to help students and families as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution.

College Advisers have been trained to help students and families:

  • Navigate college and career exploration
  • Set a postsecondary education goal that could include the completion of a technical certificate, associate degree, or Bachelor's degree; and make a plan to reach the goal
  • Prepare for college admission examinations
  • Apply to colleges that are a good match
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Secure financial aid
  • Enroll in a postsecondary program of study

"The college advisers are in schools to make a difference through a direct connection with students," said Bristol Day, AdviseMI co-director at the Michigan College Access Network. "It can be overwhelming for students to find help during the college search and these advisers are there to assist in every step of the process."

To learn more about AdviseMI go to www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

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