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Fifty-one Michigan High Schools Selected to Join New College Adviser Program, AdviseMI

 Getting more low-income and first-generation students into college is program’s goal

LANSING, MICH. – Fifty-one Michigan high schools will have new college advisers in place next fall to help more students make it into college after being selected to join the Michigan College Access Network’s new AdviseMI program.

The goal of AdviseMI is to place recent college graduates into high schools to serve as advisers in communities across Michigan, particularly those with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates.

Working alongside high school counselors and other school staff, these advisers will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. Michigan high school counselors currently average caseloads of more than 700 students apiece, making it hard for them to provide one-to-one college advising or help students navigate the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.

MCAN’s advisers will be ready to fill the gap starting in fall 2015 at the high schools selected to participate in AdviseMI. Some advisers will split their time between two high schools allowing 40 college advisers to serve 51 high schools. After an intensive five-week training period, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid, and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

“This is an exciting step to help increase college attainment rates across Michigan,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “These well-trained, dedicated college graduates will be able to provide important support to students and will supplement the great work of high school counselors.”

The advisers will be recent graduates from 13 partner colleges, including Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Madonna University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

The high schools selected through a competitive review selection process to receive the 40 college advisers include:

Northwest Michigan

  1. Manistee Middle High School & Brethren High School

Northeast Michigan

  1. Alcona Community High School & Oscoda Area High School
  2. Alpena High School & ACES Academy

West Michigan

  1. Fennville Public High School & Saugatuck High School
  2. Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy & Muskegon Heights Academy
  3. Montague High School
  4. Muskegon High School
  5. Vestaburg  Community High School
  6. Wyoming High School

East Central

  1. Bay City Central High School
  2. Bullock Creek High School & Academic and Career Education Academy
  3. Coleman Junior/Senior High School & Meridian Early College High School

East Michigan

  1. Harbor Beach Community High School & Owendale-Gagetown Jr/Sr High School
  2. Port Huron High School
  3. Port Huron Northern High School

Capital Area

  1. Everett High School
  2. Maple Valley Jr/Sr High School & Relevant Academy of Eaton County

Southeast

  1. East Jackson HS & Springport HS
  2. Michigan Center Jr/Sr High School & DaVinci Institute High School
  3. Monroe High School
  4. Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education

Metro Detroit

  1. Belleville High School
  2. Center Line High School
  3. Consortium College Prep High School
  4. Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early Colle­­­ge of Excellence
  5. East Detroit High School
  6. Ecorse Community High School
  7. Jalen Rose Academy
  8. John Glenn High School (Westland)
  9. Lincoln Park High School
  10. Melvindale High School
  11. Old Redford Academy
  12. Oscar A. Carlson High School
  13. Pershing High School
  14. River Rouge High School
  15. Robichaud Senior High School
  16. Southeastern High School
  17. Warren Mott High School
  18. Wayne Memorial High School
  19. Woodhaven 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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 36.8 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 37.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 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: Lisa King, Consultant
Email: 
lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org 
Office: 
517-316-1713 Cell: 313-451-1387

Michigan College Access Network Hosts Fifth Annual Conference, Announces Impact Awards

Six Outstanding College Access Advocates Receive Awards

LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan College Access Network held the fifth annual conference in Lansing and announced six outstanding college advocates from across the state on Sunday and Monday. The theme of this year’s conference was “Goal 2025: A Decade to Deliver”and focused on showcasing high-impact strategies and bold commitments toward increasing college attainment in Michigan.

“This event always helps us reignite a collaborative effort to increase college attainment levels,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “Our community partners work with college access coordinators from across the state to participate in productive conversations. Together we’re working to develop new, innovative strategies and to meet our shared goals.”

New to this year’s conference as a celebration of MCAN’s fifth anniversary, was an awards dinner Sunday night that honored six outstanding college access advocates from across Michigan. The award recipients included:

The Compass Award – Governor Rick Snyder
The Compass Award recognizes those that advocate for postsecondary attainment. Gov. Snyder was honored for his increased support of higher education institutions and vocal philosophical commitment to increasing postsecondary attainment.

The Steward Award – Western Michigan University
The Steward Award recognizes those that have dramatically contributed to increasing the skills, talent and knowledge of college access professional in Michigan. MCAN selected Western as recipient of the Steward Award because of its leadership in supporting/facilitating MCAN’s counselor professional development course. Western also was the first institution in Michigan to implement the new counselor postsecondary planning training course.

The Cardinal Award – Ashley Johnson, executive director, Detroit College Access Network
The Cardinal Award recognizes those that rally communities by promoting campaigns that help create a sense of urgency around the postsecondary planning process. Ashley Johnson received the Cardinal Award due to her talent in focusing energy on coordinating services and advancing the college-going culture of her community.

The Beacon Award – Kresge Foundation
The Beacon Award recognizes those that strengthen success through partnerships. The Kresge Foundation earned MCAN’s Beacon Award through its philosophical and financial support of MCAN’s mission and activities.

The Flagship Award – Destination Education
The Flagship Award recognizes those that develop sustainable college access networks. Destination Education, a local college access network serving the communities of Holland and Zeeland, was selected as the recipient because of their strong leadership team and commitment to collective impact.

The Board of Directors Award – Superintendent Mike Flanagan
In honor of the inaugural awards to celebrate MCAN’s fifth anniversary, its board of directors saw fit to create a sixth award that they may present when the occasion arises but may not necessarily be a consistent offering. Michigan State Superintendent Mike Flanagan received the Board of Directors Award to honor his impending retirement and to thank him for his support of college access and the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025.

The conference continued on Monday and featured keynote speakers Dr. Dane Claussen, on the key points about the history of higher education in the U.S., and Jeff Nelson, co-founder and CEO of OneGoal.

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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 college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.  For more information, visit
 www.micollegeaccess.org. You also can find MCAN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micollegeaccess.

 

Media Contact: Lisa King, Consultant
Email: 
lisa(a)micollegeaccess.org 
Office: 
517-316-1713
Cell: 313-451-1387

 

Michigan College Access Network to Host Fifth Annual Network Conference

Goal 2025: A Decade to Deliver


APRIL 8, 2015- LANSING, MICH. 
- The Michigan College Access Network is excited to announce an expansion of our conference this year to include a pre-conference and an awards dinner on Sunday, April 12, in addition to our typical day-long professional development experience on Monday, April 13.

What: Fifth Annual Michigan College Access Network Conference

Theme: Goal 2025: A Decade to Deliver

The conference theme, “Goal 2025: A Decade to Deliver,” will focus on showcasing high-impact scalable strategies and bold commitments toward increasing college attainment from conference attendees.

New to the conference this year are four pre-conference sessions, an awards dinner and a newly improved attendee networking mobile app. The pre-conference will allow participants to take a deeper dive into a topic in an extended workshop.

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 12
            8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 13

Where: Sunday’s events will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. 
             Monday’s events will be held at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

Social Media: Download our new free mobile app we created just for the 2015 MCAN Conference. If you use an Apple or Android smartphone, you can search for the app in the iTunes store or Play store by searching for MCAN or by clicking http://crowd.cc/mcanconf2015 from your device.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at: #MCAN2015 and #Goal2025

Press: The conference is open to the media. We ask that you please RSVP to Lisa King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (517) 316-1713. If you are unable to RSVP, please check in at event registration.

Event highlights follow. A full schedule is available at: www.micollegeaccess.org/events/annual-conference

Pre-Conference Sessions
New to the conference this year will be four pre-conference sessions hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Mich. Each session will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Reception and Awards Dinner
MCAN will be recognizing individuals, organizations and/or corporations who go above and beyond the call of duty and have made remarkable contributions to change the face of education and help Michigan residents access and succeed in postsecondary education. The Reception and Awards Dinner will take place at the Radisson Hotel on Sunday, April 12.

Breakout Sessions
Attendees of the conference are invited to attend our breakout sessions on Monday, April 13. With more than 20 breakout sessions to choose from, attendees will select from topics like Understanding the Needs of Veterans in Higher Education; Building College Advising Capacity in Local High Schools; and Effective Use of Data, a Common Agenda, and Action Teams.

Keynotes
Join us for a special keynote speakers on Monday, April 13. The morning keynote from Dr. Dane Claussen reviews key points about the history of U.S. higher education, especially since the GI Bill of 1944. During lunch we will hear from Jeff Nelson, co-founder and CEO of OneGoal. OneGoal is working to make college graduation possible for all students.

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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 college readiness, participation and completion rates in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.  For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org. You also can find MCAN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/micollegeaccess.

MCAN announces new college adviser program for Michigan high schools

High schools interested in hosting advisor for a minimum of three years are encouraged to apply

LANSING, MICH. – The Michigan College Access Network recently announced the creation of a new college advising program called AdviseMI. AdviseMI seeks to help more Michigan students pursue 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.

MCAN’s goal is to place 40 well-trained recent college graduates as dedicated college advisers beginning in Fall 2015 and is encouraging high schools interested in hosting advisers for a minimum of three years to apply. Working alongside high school counselors and other school staff, these advisers will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. The advisers will be graduates from 11 partner colleges, including Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

“This is an exciting step to help increase college attainment rates across Michigan,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “These well-trained, dedicated college graduates will be able to provide important support to students and will supplement the great work of high school counselors.”

Advisers will 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 admissions 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 support for these types of college readiness programs is echoed at the national, state and local levels. In his most recent budget, Gov. Rick Snyder recommended nearly $18 million for college readiness programs, including an additional $2.2 million for programs intended to increase the number of college advisers in schools.

The deadline for high schools to apply to host an AdviseMI college adviser is March 16, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/advisemi. Site selection will be announced on April 13, 2015.

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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 36.8 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 37.4 percent. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 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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Michigan College Access Network Thanks Gov. Snyder for Proposed Funding Increase

Proposed $3 million will support statewide college, career preparation initiatives for students

February 12, 2015 - Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is applauding Gov. Rick Snyder's proposal to increase funding to support statewide college access initiatives for students. Gov. Snyder announced a budget proposal Wednesday that will increase funding for the state's college and career readiness activities from $2 million to $3 million through the Michigan College Access Network.

Much of the increase will go to expanding college access activities for Michigan high school students. MCAN helps to fund the placement of dedicated college advisers in high schools and organizes outreach efforts to make students and parents aware of the steps necessary to pursue education beyond high school. Additional MCAN funding supports statewide college access campaigns, professional development opportunities, and grants to local college access networks.

"In addition to the proposed budget increase for college access, we also want to applaud the governor's commitment to increase funding to community colleges and public universities," said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. "We're particularly excited that the funding increase is based on student-centric, best practices of the colleges."

Part of the performance-based funding will be allocated through a formula that awards colleges with improved graduation rates and those that serve a significant number of students receiving Pell grants. The higher education budget proposal aligns with the mission of MCAN to increase Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by 2025.

MCAN's funding will be distributed through the new Talent and Economic Development Agency and be used
to:

  • Support MCAN operations, programming and services to local college access networks.
  • Support local college access networks in their efforts to increase college participation and completion rates.
  • Support the "Advise Michigan" program to recruit, train, and place recent college graduates as college advisers in high schools that serve significant members of low-income and first-generation college-going students.
  • Provide mini-grants to high schools that systematize best practices related to building a college-going culture.
  • Support the Michigan College Access Portal, an online resource to help students and families understand the steps necessary to pursue postsecondary education.
  • Support public awareness and outreach campaigns and assist students and families applying for federal student aid.

Johnson noted that 70 percent of all jobs in Michigan will require postsecondary education by the year 2020, so the state must ensure that more of young people are enrolling in and completing postsecondary degrees and certificates.

"We are thrilled to work with the new Talent and Economic Development Agency," she said. "Both organizations are committed to investing in our talent in order to supply a workforce that meets future labor market demands."

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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 36.8 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 37.4 percent. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 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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