Local College Access Networks

MCAN supports the creation, expansion, and sustainability of high-quality, community-based college access strategies, known as Local College Access Networks (LCANs). MCAN serves as the primary support organization to LCANs by providing technical assistance and grant opportunities.   

Defining a Local College Access Network

Local College Access Networks (LCANs) are community-based college access alliances supported by a team of community and education leaders representing K-12, higher education, the nonprofit sector, government, business, and philanthropy. These coalitions are committed to building a college-going culture and dramatically increasing college readiness, participation, and completion rates within their community. LCANs coordinate and expand programs, services and resources that lower barriers preventing students from pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities.

LCANs organize community leaders around a singular vision: Increase the community’s postsecondary educational attainment level in order to lay the foundation for a vibrant economy, healthy community, and strong workforce equipped to compete in a 21st century global economy. An LCAN sets goals focused on student successes, establishes a system of data gathering and analysis, reports results, and holds partners accountable for performance. It is important to note a Local College Access Network is not a new program of the community or of one particular organization within the network. LCANs primarily coordinate and mobilize college access efforts rather than provide direct services to students and families.

If you want to know more about LCAN efforts in your community, or the possibility of developing one, contact Strategy Manager of Community Mobilization Jessica Soja via email at Jessica(a)micollegeaccess.org or by calling (517) 316-1713.


We encourage our Local College Access Networks to utilize the following videos in their communities.

Video 1: Addresses the urgency for a college access strategy in Michigan. 


Video 2: Hear from community leaders about the development of LCANs and their value to communities.

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