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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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Survey provides insight into Michigan residents’ perception of college

The State of the State Survey explains Michigan adults' perceptions on higher education and how it can help increase college rates.

LANSING, MI - September 2, 2015 — The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) recently released survey data aimed at helping high school students and families pursue postsecondary education. In partnership with the Institute of Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, MCAN surveyed nearly 1,000 Michigan residents over the age of 18 on their perceptions of college through the 2015 State of the State Survey.

The survey asked several questions related to adults' perceptions on College Culture. It included three key questions:

Question #1: For a young person in Michigan to be successful in the labor market and in their career, how important is it to have an education?

Question #2: How likely is it that your child will get a college education?

Question #3: At today's levels of tuition and financial aid, a college education is reasonable affordable for people in Michigan.

Although 96 percent of Michigan adults see college as being important, the survey revealed 67 percent still feel it is too expensive. This is consistent with recent college trends in the state. Michigan is consistently behind the national average for college attainment. Currently, 38.4 percent of the state's working age adults hold at least a two-year degree. The national average is 40 percent.

"This survey provides crucial insight into why many Michigan residents see college as being out-of-reach. We want them to know there are resources to help," said Jamie Jacobs, director of professional development with the Michigan College Access Network. "This data is broken down geographically, so we will be able to regionally identify specific issues. We want to take this information and provide targeted efforts across the state to help students understand college is for everyone."

MCAN is confident this data will increase the state's college attendance rates and aid the overall improvement of education in Michigan. With this survey, MCAN is providing high school counselors and local college access professionals in a credible position with information that can help further their student's pursuit for higher education. The survey's data is broken down by region, helping local college access networks understand their community's perception on the college culture and therefore placing them in a better position when discussing postsecondary education options.

More information on the State of the State Survey and its results can be found on the Michigan College Access Network's 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. 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 micollegeaccess.org.

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The Kresge Foundation awards $1.1 million for college access in Michigan

Michigan College Access Network projects propelled forward by The Kresge Foundation support

LANSING, Mich. - July 21, 2015 - The Kresge Foundation approved a $1.1 million grant for the Michigan College Access Network to continue its work improving the number of Michigan residents pursuing and succeeding in postsecondary education. The two-year grant will run from July 2015 through the end of September 2017.

The grant will support several existing programs furthering college access in Michigan, including the new effort AdviseMI, which connects high school students with well-trained college advisers to help students navigate the college exploration process.

"We are honored The Kresge Foundation recognizes and believes in our core mission to increase the number of students pursuing higher education in Michigan," said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. "We believe postsecondary education is a necessity and are grateful for the Foundation's generosity. This grant will help us strengthen existing programs and increase our impact even further over the next two years."

MCAN has worked to build local college access networks, or LCANs, in communities across the state, spanning across different organizations representing philanthropy, government, business, nonprofits, K-12 and the higher education sector. All LCANs are committed to influencing change in their local communities and boosting the number of people enrolling in postsecondary education.

MCAN improves access to higher education for all Michigan residents by advocating for policy reforms that lower the barriers to college for students, sponsoring a number of statewide initiatives focused on increasing college access and delivering professional development that trains college access professionals to be highly qualified and effective college advisers.

The Kresge Foundation is a longtime supporter of MCAN. The Foundation's mission is to expand opportunities for low-income people in America's cities.

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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 40.0 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.

About The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, higher education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit. The focus of the Foundation's higher education grantmaking is to improve access to and through postsecondary education for low-income and students of color. For more information, visit kresge.org or follow @kresgedu.

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MCAN Begins Training of College Advisers for AdviseMI

New and innovative program kicks off training sessions to prepare advisors

LANSING, MICH. – July 8, 2015 - Training begins this week as the Michigan College Access Network prepares a cohort of 40 new advisers who will work out of 50 high schools across the state to serve as postsecondary education advisers, especially focusing on those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

The hired college advisers are recent graduates of 12 partner colleges and training is held in East Lansing. All college advisers will live together on the campus of Michigan State University for four weeks before heading to their assigned communities for the start of the 2015 school year. The innovative approach to training these advisers is to share both comradery and a common goal of assisting more Michigan students to pursue postsecondary education.

"We are excited to kick off the training portion of our new program and provide the necessary foundation for these new advisors to serve communities across the state," said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. "Our organization is dedicated to making college accessible for all and every one of these advisors shares our vision and commitment to influence positive change."

The training session brings together college access experts from across the state and country to discuss financial aid including state aid programs, how to help with the college application process, how to work with special populations and navigating other obstacles students sometimes find in the path to furthering their education. These experts will range from high school counselors to financial aid representatives to national organizations like the College Board and uAspire. In addition to classroom style learning, the college advisers will visit college campuses for tours and meet with financial aid and admissions staff.

These advisors are recent graduates from 12 partnering colleges and some will split their time between two high schools allowing 40 college advisers to serve 50 high schools across the state.

To learn more about AdviseMI, visit www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi.

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