Conference Sessions

2017 Conference - Breakout Session Tracks

  • LCAN Development
  • School-Level Interventions
  • Strengthening School Counseling 
  • College Affordability
  • College Success
  • Community Partnerships
  • Working with Special Populations


Available Presentations

Presenters were asked to submit their presentations and any supporting materials by Friday, March 31. All materials will be uploaded to this public folder. You are welcome to search and download any and all files. Don't see a presentation you're interested in? We encourage you to contact the presenter directly and ask if they will be providing their materials to MCAN.

2017 Presentations - Click Here


Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

Breakout Session I - 1:45 - 3:00 pm

Advising the High School Student/Athlete on the Transition Into College Athletics (Navigating the Eligibility Center)
Lansing Center Meeting Room 205
Working with Special Populations

Competing in athletics at the next level can be a fun and rewarding experience.  For some students, athletics may be what opens the door for the college experience. For high school counselors, there are several different levels of competition with different rules. This session will focus on navigating student-athletes through the Eligibility Center, recruitment, and understanding the different levels and divisions in college athletics.

Mike Smith, Reeths-Puffer High School
Chelsie Davis, Reeths-Puffer High School

Best Practices in Promise Zone Administration 
Lansing Center Governor's Room
Promise Zone Mini-Conference

*This session is for Promise Zone coordinators only*
Each of Michigan’s ten Promise Zones has developed their own procedures for running their scholarship programs. This workshop will attempt to learn from those experiences and that of the nation’s first Promise initiative, The Kalamazoo Promise. Participants will be asked to share examples of their own procedures in advance of this session.  The session will be moderated by Chuck Wilbur of the Michigan Promise Zones Association. Bob Jorth, the Executive Director (and first staff person) of The Kalamazoo Promise will contribute his insights.

Chuck Wilbur, Michigan Promise Zone Association
Bob Jorth, The Kalamazoo Promise

Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 101/102
Community Partnerships

Learn how to implement the new National 4-H curriculum, "Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers" which focuses on career exploration and workforce preparation skills. The "Build Your Future" curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore postsecondary education options and sources of funding. Nine engaging chapters provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan successful, meaningful careers. This curriculum is research-based, peer-viewed, and has been implemented in a variety of settings by both volunteers and professional staff including classrooms, after school programs, 4-H clubs, and community groups. Participants in this session will receive a curriculum overview as well as experience first-hand a selection of the curriculum's lessons. At the completion of the session, attendees will come away with interactive activities from the curriculum and tips for implementing it in a variety of settings.

Betty Jo, Krosnicki, Michigan State University Extension
Bev Przystas, Michigan State University Extension

College Financial Readiness: The Link Between Savings, Scholarships and Access
Lansing Center Meeting Room 201
College Affordability

Attendees will interact through small and large group discussion to outline their own Financial Readiness continuums. Panelists will explain relevant partners and strategies in savings and financial education, scholarships and access, using Lansing's continuum as a framework. The group will break into three discussion tables and panelists will provide guidance using their respective expertise as attendees move between tables to ask questions and design their own continuums. Finally, panelists will bring the group together to discuss common metrics to evaluate financial readiness strategies.

Michele Strasz, Capital Area College Access Network
Jayme King, Lansing SAVE, City of Lansing

Justin Sheehan, Lansing Promise

Early/Middle Colleges in Michigan: Opportunities and Outcomes
Room 204
School-Level Interventions

The Early/Middle College (EMC) movement in Michigan targets students who are underserved, underrepresented and underachieving. The model is especially beneficial for economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to college. As a national leader in EMCs, Michigan has set the stage for a successful 5-year high school experience with a central focus on social and emotional readiness and adapting to a college culture. This session will focus on the design principles and policies of an EMC, as well as the data outcomes for thousands of EMC students across our state.  Dr. Beverly Brown and Dr. Chery Wagonlander will share how the most successful EMCs operate in order to achieve school reform. Participants will also learn from administrators of Meridian Early College High School, a rural high school that has leveraged the EMC movement to double their first-year college completion rates.

Patrick Malley, Meridian Early College High School
Chery Wagonlander, Michigan Early/Middle College Association
Amy Boxey Dean, Meridian Early College High School 

School Funding Inequity and Michigan's Middle-Skills Gap: The Case for Career, Technical, and Skilled-Trades Postsecondary Education
Lansing Center Meeting Room 202
Strengthening School Counseling

Attendance at four-year postsecondary institutions has come to be championed as the ultimate goal for our nation's high school seniors. However, given the severe school funding inequity across the state of Michigan, many of our low-income students are left ill-prepared to be admitted and thrive in these institutions immediately upon high school graduation. With the state of Michigan's push for skilled tradesmen and women, as well as the plethora of viable sub-baccalaureate credentials available, for-profit institutions and community colleges are a promising option for underprivileged youth to break the bonds of poverty. Working through the lens of Michigan's school funding inequity, and with a focus on stackable credentials, this session is a call to action for Counselors, Advisers, and college-access allies to explore new pathways for the youth we serve in urban, rural, and suburban districts across Michigan.

Mollie Bush, University of Michigan - Michigan College Advising Corps
Dilip Das, University of Michigan

Using Small Grants to Promote College Success
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 103/104
School-Level Interventions

As a college degree has become all but essential for economic success, there's been significant philanthropic interest in funding projects that increase rates of degree completion, particularly among traditionally underrepresented populations. Contrary to popular notions, however, donors can make a significant impact with relatively small contributions, if dollars are spent on the right things. Based on our experience working with college-prep high schools in Detroit and research of schools across the country, this session will outline several projects that can be funded through small grants, but have enormous impacts on college success. This session may be of value to both donors and to school staff looking to effectively use donated funds.

Patrick Cooney, Michigan Future, Inc.
Sarai Brachman Shoup, Sarai Brachman Shoup Philanthropic Advising

We Formed the Groups, Now What? Moving From Theory to Action with Design Process 
Lansing Center Meeting Room 203
LCAN Development

KConnect is a Kent County-based cradle-to-career collective impact initiative that has been operational since 2013. This session is intended to increase participants' ability to effectively use design process as a catalyst to move work groups from theory to action. This breakout will highlight KConnect's development of a process framework that can easily be adapted for other communities to use as a behind the scenes playbook for the backbone and facilitators. The process framework was developed, out of necessity, to bridge the gap between organizing a collective and getting the work done. The session will explore the five phases of group dialogue and exploration from identifying the opportunity within a community to selecting metrics, modeling pilots, and ultimately scaling effective solutions that have community buy-in.

Pamela Parriott, K-Connect
Mark Woltman, K-Connect
Anissa Eddie, K-Connect

Breakout Session II - 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Ally and Advocate: College Advising for LGBTQ Student Success
Lansing Center Meeting Room 204
Working with Special Populations

Students who belong to the LGBT community are especially at risk for not completing a college education, so it is essential that they find institutions with the appropriate resources and support systems. That's not always an easy task as the needs of the students can vary just as widely as the availability of resources. If you're looking to understand the varying gender and sexuality identities of students, learn about the resources they may benefit from, and find out how to locate them at institutions across the state as well as how to navigate conversations and the mechanics of advocacy in a public school setting, join us for a conversation about how to make college attainment a vehicle for making Michigan an inclusive, welcoming environment for growth and achievement.

Jon Bonello, AdviseMI
Melissa Monier, AdviseMI

Creating Community Scholars: Weaving Local Scholarships with Community Partnerships and Success
Lansing Center Meeting Room 203
LCAN Development

As part of their commitment to supporting the needs of all residents of their community and participation in their LCAN, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) shifted how it thought of its scholarship programs and launched the new Community Scholarship Fund in January 2016. The scholarship aligns directly with their community's LCAN and not only provides funding specifically for first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students of color, but it also provides renewable scholarship funding for up to five years at four-year colleges, as well as a College Success Coach dedicated to supporting the scholars' academic and non-academic success leading up to and during college. The Community Scholarship Program is a partnership between the AAACF, Washtenaw Futures College Access Network, Washtenaw Community College, and Eastern Michigan University. During this session, learn about the program model, funding, and early successes. This session connects directly with "Nudging Toward Student Success" session.

Ashley Kryscynski, Washtenaw Futures College Access Network
Decky Alexander, Eastern Michigan University
Liz Orbits, Washtenaw Community College
Jillian Rosen, Ann Arbor Community Foundation

Creating Successful College Adviser/School Counselor Partnerships 
Lansing Center Meeting Room 202
Strengthening School Counseling

College advisers and school counselors are both committed to helping students make the most of postsecondary opportunities, but what are the keys to creating a successful adviser/counselor partnership that will help all students reach their goals? This session explores some of the best practices in building, maintaining, and evaluating a successful partnership between school counselors and college advisers.

Patrick O'Connor, Cranbrook Schools

Lessons Learned From Three Pilot Summer Melt Campaigns
Lansing Center Meeting Room 205
LCAN Development

College-intending students have completed key college-going steps, such as being accepted to college and applying for financial aid, and have concretely signaled their intention to enroll in college. Yet Summer Melt occurs when a college-intending student fails to matriculate the fall after high school graduation. The purpose of the three local college access network Summer Melt Campaigns is to alleviate barriers to college enrollment, and create a sense of belonging, community and identity as students finish their transition from high school to college. The College and Career Action Network of Kalamazoo County, Detroit, and the Capital Area will share best practices, data, and lessons learned implementing various strategies to engage college-intending students with local partners, guidance counselors, college positive volunteers, and higher education institutions.   

Evan Pauken, Kalamazoo County College and Career Action Network
Ashley Johnson, Excellent Schools Detroit, Detroit College Access Network
Michele Strasz, Capital Area College Access Network
Katrina Clifford, Stars Make It Happen

Navigating MiSSG to Maximize Financial Aid for YOUR Students!
Lansing Center Meeting Room 201
College Affordability

Join us for an informative discussion about the State of Michigan's current financial aid programs and how our Web portal, MiSSG, can help you help your students to remove barriers to postsecondary education. In addition to covering scholarship/grant eligibility, we will also be providing walk-throughs for both MiSSG's High School Portal and Student Portal. You will receive an in-depth look on how to access the portal, along with viewing actual MiSSG screens to enhance your understanding of the data.

Jennifer Maurer, Michigan Department of Treasury
George Gasser, Michigan Department of Treasury

Student Barcodes and the MACRAO College Fair Process 
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 101/102
Community Partnerships

With a few quick clicks, students can fill out an online registration form just once. This process generates a personalized barcode that students print out or display on their phone and bring to the fair. The barcode pass provides a quick method for colleges and universities to gather student information. What is the MACRAO College Day/Night Committee looking for when sanctioning a fair? Discussion of the benefits of being a MACRAO sanctioned fair, and unique topics related to a MACRAO sanctioned fair such as: scanners, evaluations, collaboration between postsecondary and secondary institutions, and alternatives to a college fair.

Patrick Cassady, MACRAO and Oakland University
Derrick Winston, Go To College Fairs

Using College Board Score Portals for Students and Educators for Advising
Lansing Center Governor's Room
School-Level Interventions

The College Board has launched new electronic score portals for students and educators.  New resources are continuously being developed and deployed, including a new Career Exploration feature in collaboration with Roadtrip Nation.  Learn how to use the resources for advising.

Ted Gardella, The College Board
Kari Anama, The College Board

What Does it Really Mean to be College Ready?
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 103/104
College Success

While college access is incredibly important, our students' SUCCESS in college is what really matters. Drawing on lessons learned from our work with college-prep high schools in Detroit, as well as research from schools across the country, this session will present a picture of what it really means for a student to be "college ready," and will share what college-counselors can do to impact their school's college-readiness culture, rather than just their college-going culture.

Patrick Cooney, Michigan Future, Inc.
Sarah Szurpicki, Michigan Future, Inc.

 Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

Breakout Session III - 10:15 - 11:30 am

Closing the Opportunity Gap: High-Impact Strategies for College and Career Readiness 
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 101/102
Community Partnerships

How is your district addressing access and equity, so that all students can be college and career ready? Explore best practices that transform campus culture and instructional strategies to ensure opportunities for all students, especially those traditionally under served in higher education. Participants will see how through high expectations and the proper academic and social support, we can change the trajectories of our students' lives.

Valerie Peterson, AVID Center
Lee Felts, AVID Center

College Credit Opportunities for All Students 
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 103/104
School-Level Interventions

This breakout session will cover college credit earning opportunities for all high school students, regardless of their high school grade point average and standardized test scores. The presenters will discuss Ferris State's Center for College Readiness program which provides developmental classes, as well as dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities. All of these programs allow students to earn transcripted college credit.

Leah Melichar, Ferris State University

From Reactive to Proactive: Outcomes of One High School's College and Career Advising Using the MCAN Model and the Reach Higher Grant
Lansing Center Meeting Room 205
Strengthening School Counseling

Learn how one school created a Postsecondary Advisory Committee and implemented the trio of Michigan College Access Network initiatives. Presenters will discuss how to enhance your postsecondary advising curriculum by utilizing the College Application Week, College Cash Campaign and College Decision Day programs. Discussion will outline ways to impact the entire student body, with a particular focus on at-risk and first-generation seniors. The presentation will cover ways to use data to attain staff and community buy-in, acquire financial backing and efficiently support all seniors without increasing the size of your counseling staff.

Erica Empie, Hartland High School
Jodi Wilson, Hartland High School
Helen Kenney, Hartland High School
Heather Borst, Hartland High School

Insights From the How America Saves for College 2016 Study and Michigan 529 Trends: What Counselors Need to Know
Lansing Center Meeting Room 201
College Affordability

Following the economic crisis in 2008, there was a significant decrease in how much Americans saved generally. Sallie Mae launched the How America Saves for College national study to provide a clearer picture of how families are preparing for the investment in a college education to include pattern of college savings, families who are not saving and why they don't save, and other tactics they may be using to build a plan to pay for college across all incomes. Presenters will provide an interactive overview of today's family to include Michigan's 529 data and saving activities. Come learn how to incorporate education and conversations to help Michigan families from all incomes successfully prepare for a college investment.

Jennifer Chandler, Sallie Mae
Angie Buys, MI Student Aid

Reverse Scholarship Program
Lansing Center Governor's Room 
College Success

Many communities in Michigan are struggling to retain college graduates and lose out on their talents toward economic growth and prosperity. Traditional scholarships are awarded and paid on the "front end" of a student's career.  At that time, there are no guarantees the student will complete studies in their chosen field, graduate from college or return back to their communities to help contribute to growth and prosperity. A "reverse scholarship" is essentially a talent retention program and pays students on the back-end of their college career, after they have completed a degree in a STEAM related field, but only if they agree to move back home and work within St. Clair County.

Lindsay Parslow, Community Foundation of St. Clair County

School Counselors and College Access Professionals: Creating Partnerships 
Lansing Center Meeting Room 202
Strengthening School Counseling

How can school counselors and college access professionals work together to impact postsecondary outcomes in Michigan? This session will provide an overview of a comprehensive school counseling program, with emphasis on evidence-based best practices. We will focus on how school counselors and college access professionals can utilize their unique skill sets to build a data-driven program, with interventions to propel students toward postsecondary success. The session will include useful materials and resources, along with a small group case study analysis. Handouts will be provided.

Ellen Armbruster, Central Michigan University
Shawn Bultsma, Grand Valley State University
Mary Anderson, Western Michigan University

The Dream Deferred - Postsecondary Readiness for Non-Traditional/Adult Learners
Lansing Center Room 204
Working with Special Populations

What happens to a dream deferred? There are close to 3 million adults in the state of Michigan with a high school diploma or some college education, but with no college degree. Closing this gap is critical to the economic growth of our cities, state, and our country. As we move toward creating equity within our secondary and postsecondary institutions, we must also finds ways to address the educational opportunities for our adult population. This session will provide you with tips and resources that can be used to collectively support non-traditional learners as they seek to increase their economic and educational outcomes. We will look at what is currently being done in our cities across the state that can be replicated in various communities to help Michigan move closer to 60 percent postsecondary degrees by 2025.

Eric McCloud, The Dream Deferred Project

Tracking High-Level Degree Attainment in Michigan
Lansing Center Meeting Room 203
LCAN Development

Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) is helping to show student mobility and progression from elementary and high school, into their first postsecondary enrollment, following students' history and future beyond your school in postsecondary education. The data also allows us to view courses, programs/concentrations, and degrees ultimately achieved. The data we collect can help inform secondary and postsecondary schools, policy makers and the public, to rethink how higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from postsecondary completion.

Rachel Edmondson, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Kelsey Heckert, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

Breakout Session IV - 1:45 - 3:00 pm

Considering Student Transfer - A Look at How Public Money and Institutional Practices Prioritize Transfer Student Attainment
Lansing Center Governor's Room 
College Success

As students in higher education become more mobile for many reasons, not the least of which is the rising cost of higher education, much attention has been focused on student transfer, both legislatively and in enrollment management plans at colleges and universities across the country. This presentation will share a brief overview of national trends in state-level public policy around student transfer, with particular emphasis on legislative activity on this topic in Michigan, and give practical examples of institutional practices that can affect student transfer outcomes - both positively and negatively. Transfer planning tips and resources will also be highlighted to help educators advise students on achieving smooth transfer pathways.

Katie Giardello, Michigan Center for Student Success
Scott Mertes, Ph.D., Mid-Michigan Community College
Deedee Stakley, Ed.D., Ferris State University 

Creating (and Continuing) College-Going Conversations and Mindsets
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 103/104
School-Level Interventions

From rural Holton High School, Principal Adam Bayne, Counselor Holly Wolfe, and College Adviser Dillon Frechen will present techniques used to incorporate a successful college-going culture in a school and community where the majority of graduates will be first generation college students. Discussion topics: steps to creating a district-wide college-going mindset, prioritizing the need for college attainment, overcoming small school challenges, economics and educational levels, the college adviser's role, school-level interventions, and what techniques have created the most success. Stories and statistics demonstrate the accomplishments of our students as a result of these best practices, including graduation rates, college application submissions, FAFSA completion, college campus tour rates, and student perspectives. Our expectation is to provide practical information that translates to all communities, so attendees may return to their schools as the champions they are, armed with effective techniques, fresh motivation, and a preliminary action plan to enhance their college-going culture

Holly Wolfe, Holton High School
Adam Bayne, Holton High School
Dillon Frechen, Holton High School

Genesee Opportunity - One Community's Unique Approach to Leverage Resources to Reduce Financial Barriers to Postsecondary Attainment
Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 101/102
College Affordability

In 2016, the Genesee Intermediate School District had an ambitious goal: to levy a millage to support a fund for all graduating seniors from Genesee County. Genesee Opportunity was voted on and supported by the taxpayers of Genesee County and will provide scholarships to help offset expenses associated with postsecondary education. This unique effort will provide thousands of Genesee County graduates with financial assistance to pursue additional education after high school.  This presentation will share with attendees all aspects of this unique proposal from concept to ballot to implementation.

James Yake, Genesee Intermediate School District
Steve Tunnicliff, Genesee Intermediate School District

How to Utilize Peer Connections for a College-Going Culture
Lansing Center Meeting Room 205
Strengthening School Counseling

Using peer-to-peer outreach to educate attendees on the process and implementation of using student leaders to build student relationships and spread knowledge.  Educating, empowering and connecting students with peers to develop the college-going culture within our school and community. 

Jennifer Duff, Hillsdale High School
Taylor Berry, MSU College Advising Corps
Chelsie Taylor, MSU College Advising Corps
Mindy Eggleston, Hillsdale High School

Personal Finance and Planning Course for Seniors - Incorporating College and Career Access
Lansing Center Meeting Room 201
College Affordability

Lake City High School started a new course this year called Personal Finance and Planning for Seniors. It combines a Financial Literacy curriculum, which meets the senior math-related course graduation requirement, with information and resources that seniors need for postsecondary planning. With the help of the AdviseMI college adviser that Lake City received this year, the teacher assists the students in career research, college visits, applying for college, financial aid, scholarship applications, resumes, job shadows,  and many other activities to help the students prepare for life after high school.  It has provided a great experience for students to network with and help each other through the Senior year process that can be very stressful.  It also gives them time to dedicate to the tasks they need to get done to be able to follow the path to their future.

Nicole Richardson, Lake City High School
Dustin Webb, Lake City High School
Joshua Fairbrother, Lake City High School 

Promesa Summer Success High-Impact Practices for Latin@ Students in College Access and Retention
Lansing Center Meeting Room 204
Working with Special Populations

Ferris State University offers an eight-week college readiness program that combines up to nine hours of college credit in math, college reading, and study methods, with a program that connects students to the benefits of cultural connections. Instructors work together to prepare students for the academic rigor of college, skills for high school success and college access, as well as connecting and building on the strengths of the cultural backgrounds of their communities. Through the curriculum development of the program, the Center for Latin@ Studies help translate an existing Ferris program into a culturally responsive program and aligns to the High Impact Practice techniques that are proven to increase student engagement and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. This session will demonstrate various ways these techniques can be integrated into various campus offices and summer programming to increase student access and retention in college.

Kaylee Moreno, Ferris State University, Center for Latin@ Studies

Outsmart the Competition: Understanding Degrees and Demand
Lansing Center Meeting Room 202
Strengthening School Counseling

How can students get out ahead of the competition in the job market before they get there? By planning ahead! Helping students to understand what they're up against after they complete a particular kind of degree is critical in helping them plan what type of degree to get. Come to this session to learn about degrees that are currently in demand versus those that are being completed by Michigan students, creating an interesting competitive environment. You'll also hear about best practices in career planning with local students and how that can help them persist through degree attainment, as well as strategies a local LCAN has undertaken to help do college and career readiness better.

Sarah Sebaly, MI Bright Future, Workforce Intelligence Network
Laura Hoehn, Livingston Educational Service Agency

Using Advocacy to be a Champion for Opportunity: Strategies to Advance State Policy for College Attainment
Lansing Center Meeting Room 203
LCAN Development

Your voice matters on state policy, whether you work with students, serve as a system leader or provide funding/support access work. Join this session to learn how to use it. Explore which policies can best contribute to increasing college attainment for low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students. Topics covered will address the full pipeline from early awareness to access and through to college success. Then learn strategies to help you advocate for them. State governments impact the higher education through funding, state grant aid, and system management. Make sure your organization or school plays an active role in shaping policies that affect students. Attendees will complete an elevator pitch activity for a policy ask and receive a model state policy agenda.

Carrie Warick, National College Access Network


Breakout Session V - 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Bringing a Millennial Mindset Into a College-Bound Culture
Lansing Center Meeting Room 201
College Affordability

This presentation explores seven key traits of the millennial generation as they relate to the college-going process. By utilizing current information and the "meet the students where they already are" approach, MiStudentAid provides a message that is relatable, personable, and sustainable. Through the incorporation of shared college experiences, MiStudent Aid provides insight into the college-going process as experienced by the millennial generation. This presentation will provide best practices for reaching millennials, knowledge on how to create a college bound identity amongst millennials and the importance of millennials attaining a college education in today's economy. Attendees will leave the presentation with tools to take back to their organizations and utilize in their own work.

Chelsea Rademacher, Department of Treasury - MiStudentAid
Charles Rozier, Department of Treasury - MiStudentAid
Ingrid Clover, Department of Treasury - MiStudentAid

Building a College-Going Culture in Elementary Education
Lansing Center Room 202
Strengthening School Counseling

In order for college access work to be a priority, it needs to begin in early childhood and elementary education. This is especially true for students who will one day be first generation college students. Students need to be exposed to college so that they can begin to dream about their futures, and have the motivation to stay in school. Come learn about strategies to implement college exposure programs that will shift the culture in your school so that all students will believe that college can be a choice for them. In this session, we will discuss programs designed to prioritize specific groups of students. We will explore the importance for family and community involvement in the design, delivery, and evaluation for effective approaches to start postsecondary incentives in elementary schools.

Julia Cawvey, Community in Schools of Michigan
Cedrina Wilson Davis, Michigan State University

Building a Community-Wide Career Exposure Strategy 
Lansing Center Governor's Room
School-Level Interventions

The Hazel Park College Access Network has developed a strong focus on career exposure for Hazel Park students.  This formally began in 2014 through a school-wide Career Expo, which brought 43 metro-Detroit professionals to Hazel Park High School to meet with students interested in their respective career fields.  In summer 2016, a pilot launched to provide selected high school students with paid internships and weekly professional development training.  This workshop will give an overview of the strategy developed and currently being implemented through a close relationship between the LCAN director, the school district superintendent, and the city manager to ensure Hazel Park students are exposed to a variety of career fields and empowered to pursue the careers which best match their interests and goals - along with the education required to get there.

Kayla Roney Smith, Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network

Creating an Opportunity for First-Generation Students in Your Community
Lansing Center Meeting Room 203
LCAN Development

In December 2015, the program director of Launch Manistee was asked to provide a WOW idea and a new scholarship program for low-income, first-generation students to attend a local community college began. Within five months, the Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program, was launched. In May 2016, the first cohort of 33, soon-to-be 9th grade students was selected, a scholarship and program was committed, and we went live. This session will describe how to start a program from the ground up and how to utilize existing partnerships and build new ones. Attendees will leave with information to help smaller communities explore and begin similar programs. Manistee Commitment Scholarship program details will be shared including planning and programming. The Manistee Commitment Scholarship core activities will be shared, which include all the necessary components for both program and student success.

Beth Wallace, Launch Manistee
Mary Ann Behm, Launch Manistee

Developing Social Capital and Emotional Intelligence to Increase College Attainment
Lansing Center Meeting Room 204
Community Partnerships

Explore the missing pieces related to college success: social capital and emotional intelligence. Consider options to increase these skills in students in your community. With a two-pronged, positive approach prepare students and adults by addressing critical skills such as grit, normalizing failure, belonging, anticipating and overcoming barriers, and more. Increase college attainment by considering needs of students from diverse backgrounds and create a culture that integrates success tactics.

Beverlee Wenzel, The ROCK Center For Youth Development

"Nudging" Toward College Student Success: Getting Them Here and Keeping Them Here
Lansing Center Meeting Room 205
College Success

Seeking to boost student retention rates, many institutions are implementing success coaching programs to assist first-time students as they learn to navigate college life, including deciphering financial aid, connecting with campus resources, and communicating with professors.  Furthermore, students who participated in college access programs in high school may need additional support as they build new relationships with college staff.  A lack of familiarity with collegiate institutional systems and academic structures can prevent new students from persisting through graduation. This session explores how two college coaching programs based out of Washtenaw Community College – the Community Scholars Program and the New Student Success Program– utilize college Success Coaches to help new students through their first year of college.  Attendees will learn how to use campus collaborations, community partnerships, social media, learning management systems, and more to “nudge” students toward success.

Shawntae Harris, Washtenaw Community College
Brooke Teremi, Washtenaw Community College
Rachel Wright, Washtenaw Community College

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