College Access Impact Awards

On the evening of March 4, 2019, Michigan College Access Network will honor organizations and individuals whose efforts have gone above and beyond to improve postsecondary attainment. The eight award categories recognize individuals and organizations that have had a tremendous impact on increasing college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income and first-generation students and students of color. MCAN uses these awards as a way of bringing positive attention to the great work happening around the state each year. 


2018 Award Categories Recipients 

MCAN is pleased to recognize 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 more Michigan residents access and succeed in postsecondary education. The following awards were presented at the 2018 conference.

THE CHIEF MATE AWARD: Providing Comprehensive Programming
School counseling programs play a vital role in ensuring students are provided the support they need to enroll in and complete college – a key component to Michigan meeting our Big Goal – 60% by 2025.  The Michigan College Access Network works to ensure college and career readiness is a priority within school counseling programs.   The recipient of this award is an individual school counselor or school counseling program that has made significant strides in advancing the college readiness and enrollment supports and services provided to students which assists in moving the needle on critical post-secondary metrics.

THE BEACON AWARD: Strengthening Success through Partnerships
Comprehensively aligning the organizational leaders in the college access and success field allows for the design and implementation of a unified vision for progress toward the Big Goal – 60% by 2025. The Michigan College Access Network convenes and engages cross-sector partners to galvanize movement toward collaboration. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has continually endeavored to unite programs, activities and/or operations in support of post-secondary attainment. 

THE COMPASS AWARD: Advocating for Attainment
Ensuring public policy supports Michigan’s momentum toward achieving the Big Goal – 60% by 2025 – is a critical strategy of the Michigan College Access Network. Working with mission-aligned allies, MCAN advises policymakers at all levels on crafting dynamic legislation that results in reduced barriers and increased attainment across the state and country. Recipients of this award have launched and/or championed bold proposals that focus on increasing Michigan’s post-secondary attainment rate.

THE FLAGSHIP AWARD: Developing Sustainable Networks
The creation and support of Local College Access Networks across the state is the primary strategy of the Michigan College Access Network. Mobilizing high-level leaders, network staff and community resources creates lasting infrastructure locally in support of the Big Goal – 60% by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has provided leadership in the creation of effective alliances focused on post-secondary attainment.   

THE FLEET AWARD: Sharing a Vision for Change 
Michigan College Access Network knows that college access isn’t a challenge just for K-12 schools but for an entire community, region and state. From helping to train school counselors and educators to funding programs in communities and schools to improving curriculum with experiential education, everyone has a role in ensuring our schools can help get Michigan to the Big Goal – 60% by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has significantly contributed to the college access field outside of the walls of K-12.

THE MARINA AWARD: Changing School Systems and Culture
Boosting the college access expectation in schools on the ground level helps drive the state toward the Big Goal – 60% by 2025.  Engaging schools to urge students, parents, staff and administration to take direct action creates a sense of urgency around the post-secondary planning process. While developing programs helps improve outcomes, the real impact comes from systems and culture change. The recipient of this award is a school that has advanced the college-going culture and/or tackled systems-level change within the school. 

THE OMBUDSMAN AWARD: Supporting Students, Counselors and Schools
Placing well-trained college advisors in high schools across the state creates strong partnerships with counselors and principals to embed a college going culture in their building.  Working with MCAN’s partners in this effort – the Michigan College Advising Corps and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps and through our own advising program, AdviseMI, three college advisors have been selected for this award to honor their on-the-ground efforts in high schools to reach the Big Goal – 60% by 2025.  The recipients of this award have a passion for college access, have persevered over challenges while engaged in their year of service and have proudly represented AmeriCorps to students, families and the public.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD 
In support of the inaugural awards to celebrate MCAN's fifth anniversary, its Board of Directors saw fit to create an award that they may present when the occasion arises but not necessarily each year. The Board of Directors Award is given to an individual organization that has been particularly supportive of MCAN's mission and the Big Goal - 60 percent by 2025.  

Questions?

If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, deputy director for community and partner mobilization, via email at ryan(a)micollegeaccess.org or by calling (517) 316-1713


Past Award Recipients

THE BEACON AWARD: Strengthening Success through Partnerships 
2018 Honoree:  The Detroit Regional Chamber

2017 Honorees: Fostering Success Michigan at Western Michigan University 

THE CARDINAL AWARD: Rallying Communities to Impact
2018 Honoree: North Branch High School

2017 Honoree: Hazel Park High School                                                                                      

THE CHIEF MATE AWARD: Providing Comprehensive Programming
2018 Honoree: Jennifer Brown, Bullock Creek High School

2017 Honoree: Catherine Longstreet, Hastings High School

THE COMPASS AWARD: Advocating for Attainment
2018 Honoree: Sen. Jim Ananich and  Rep. Brett Roberts

2017 Honorees: Dr. Venessa Keesler, Michigan Department of Education 

THE FLAGSHIP AWARD: Developing Sustainable Networks
2018 Honoree: Washtenaw Futures

2017 Honoree: Jackson County Cradle to Career Education Network

THE OMBUDSMAN AWARD: Supporting Students, Counselors and Schools
2018 Honoree: Britteny Mitchell Michigan State Advising Corps; Moussa Traore, University of Michigan Advising Corps; Byron Terrell Williams, AdviseMI Advising Corps

2017 Honorees: Dillon Frechen, Oakridge High School and Holton High School; Alexa Lynch, Sexton High School; Lindsay Mieden, Woodhaven High School

THE STEWARD AWARD: Creating College Access Talent
2018 Honoree: Dr. Shawn Bultsma, Dr. Thomas Haas, and Grand Valley State University Educational Leadership and Counseling Department

2017 Honoree: Hartland High School Counseling Program, Hartland High School

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD: Recognizes the achievements and dedication of an ardent supporter of college access and success. 
2017 Honoree: Dan DeGrow, St. Clair County RESA

                                                                           

 

 

 

 

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