Pre-Conference Sessions

Back by popular demand, we are offering pre-conference sessions for the 2017 conference. We invite you to attend one of the sessions outlined below. All sessions will take place at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI from 9:00 - 11:30 am, Monday, March 13, 2017. 

Conference attendees who purchase the pre-conference session will pick one of the following:

Michigan College Month: Lessons Learned and Best Practices 

Lansing Center Meeting Room 201

The In 2016, the Michigan College Access Network unveiled its new initiative Michigan College Month, which combined the college application process with paying for college. The goal of College Month for participating high schools was to have every graduating senior apply to one college, file the FAFSA, and complete one scholarship application. This pre-conference session will review the initiative and its impact, as well as share lessons learned and best practices for host sites. The session will be discussion heavy, with a panel of high schools presenting in addition to some small group work, as counselors, college access professionals, and MCAN staff not only dig into what happened, but also prepare and plan for the 2017-18 initiative.

PRESENTER: Connor McLaughlin, program assistant, Michigan College Access Network


Paths to Increasing Michigan College Graduates: A Closer Look at Certificates and Associate Degrees

Lansing Center Meeting Room 101/102

The Michigan College Access Network set a goal to increase the proportion of Michiganders with high-quality degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. More citizens with quality degrees attracts employers and builds our state economy. Currently, 43% of Michigan citizens (age 25-64) have a college degree. If we are to achieve having a substantial percentage of our residents highly skilled, awarding baccalaureate degrees will not be enough, nor is it the only answer to building our economy and better ensuring good careers. Certificates, associate degrees, and other types of awards are essential to helping MCAN and Michigan achieve this goal. Yet too often, counselors, advisors, and other college access advocates are unfamiliar with the academic requirements of certificates, associate degrees, and other programs, and of the career opportunities available to students who earn such credentials. This pre-conference session will expose participants to the construction of certificates and associate degrees, the benefits to students, the aspects of quality assurance, the relationship to state exams and licensure, and the fit within other academic degree programs. The session will also discuss the role of community colleges in awarding these credentials and how they contribute to achieving Michigan’s college attainment goal.

PRESENTERS: Erica Orians, executive director, Center for Student Success, Michigan Community College Association; Dartanyan T. Jamerson, director of workforce development, Mott Community College; and Charlotte Finnegan, director of occupational pathways, Jackson College

AdviseMI/MSUCAC/UMCAC Preconference Training [INVITE ONLY]

Lansing Center Meeting Rooms 103/104

The Advising Corps will meet to work together toward ensuring their day-to-day service in high school buildings is infused with a social justice approach. This session is not available for non-advising corps members.

PRESENTER: Demarra Gardner, MA, LPC, CPC, principal/lead consultant, Change Agent Consulting


Michigan Promise Zones Association Mini-Conference [INVITE ONLY]

Lansing Center Governor's Room

The newly-formed Michigan Promise Zones Association will hold its first gathering for leaders of the ten Michigan Promise Zones and their community allies. This morning session, along with a working lunch and special afternoon breakout session will allow PZ leaders to learn from each other's successes and challenges. Topics will include community and grant based fundraising, improving PZ scholarship operations, and best practices for collecting and sharing PZ data. There will also be some time for PZ leaders to get to know each other better.

PRESENTERS: Mark Fisher, development consultant, Mark R. Fisher and Associates; Chuck Wilbur, coordinator, Michigan Promise Zone Association


Reach Higher High School Year 1 Grantees [INVITE ONLY]

Lansing Center Meeting Room 205

This workshop will provide a collaborative space for Reach Higher High School grantees to share strategies and best practices, work through deliverables of the Reach Higher program, and think critically and intentionally about PSAM data. Reach Higher Year 1 coordinators are invited to attend along with PAC members.

PRESENTERS: Jamie Jacobs, director of capacity building, Michigan College Access Network; Risa Sackman, director of school development and support, FHI360


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