MCAN supports the creation, expansion, and sustainability of high-quality, community-based college access strategies, known as Local College Access Networks (LCAN). MCAN serves as the primary support organization to LCANs by providing technical assistance and grant opportunities.
Definining 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 to 60 percent by the year 2025 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 success, establish a system of data gathering and analysis, report results, and hold 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 direct services to students and families.
If you want to know more about LCAN efforts in your community, contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Deputy Director for Community Investment, at Ryan(a)micollegeaccess.org or 517-316-1713.
Hear from community leaders about the development of LCANs and their value to communities.