What We Do

Primary Strategy

Local College Access Network Development

Support the creation, expansion, and sustainability of high-quality, community-based college access strategic alliances. MCAN will serve as the primary support and intermediary organization to LCANs by providing technical assistance and grant opportunities.


Secondary Strategies

Implement Statewide Initiatives

Support and maintain key statewide initiatives in order to increase college access, particularly within Local College Access Networks. Specifically, MCAN will serve as the lead implementation partner on the following projects:

  • Michigan College Month
    A national initiative with a goal to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college during the school day and hours. 

  • Michigan College Cash Campaign
    The College Cash Campaign initiative encourages a school-wide rally around FAFSA completion and scholarships. It aims to supplement schools' existing efforts around FAFSA completion with a targeted push toward filling out the FAFSA. 
  • Michigan College Decision Day
    Inspired by the NCAA's National Signing Day, the goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary educational plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. College Decision Day reinforces that excellence in the classroom should be given as much pomp and circumstance as excellence as an athlete.
  • AdviseMI 
    The AdviseMI program embeds recent college graduates who are well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. 

Professional Development

Train college-access professionals, such as high school counselors and other community- and campus-based professionals, to be highly qualified and effective college advisers.

Leadership and Advocacy

Serve as Michigan's authority on college access and success issues through leadership. Advocate for policy reforms that expand postsecondary opportunities for low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color.

Coordination and Partnerships

Coordinate Michigan college access resources, programs, and services. Strengthen existing like-minded and mission-aligned college access and success initiatives.

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