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MCAN distributes an e-newsletter every two weeks on Thursday. The newsletter consists of updates from the network, college access and success resources, job opportunities, available grants and upcoming professional development opportunities. 

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Theory of Change

on Monday, 14 July 2014 18:21.

Coming soon

MNA Lenawee Community Foundation VISTA

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:34.

The MNA - LCF VISTA member is responsible for maintaining and establishing new partnerships; recruiting, retaining, tracking and recognizing volunteers; increasing LCAN involvement in volunteerism; and serving middle, high and college students including promoting a college going atmosphere, and assisting in addressing basic needs of students and their families.  The VISTA Member will provide support and facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for LCAN students with special attention to those with economic disadvantages, first generation college students and students with disabilities.

To view the full position description and how to apply, click here.

School Counselor Training

on Friday, 04 April 2014 19:34.

School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training Course


About the Course  Course Details & Syllabus   Cost & Clock Hours  
Nomination Process   Registration   Questions
About the Professional Development Course

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Michigan Virtual University are co-hosting a training course in postsecondary planning for Michigan school counselors. The course was designed collaboratively with support and expertise from Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling (MACAC), Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO), counselor educators from Michigan universities, Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG), Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA), and the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA).  



We believe that school counselors are poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically, and financially prepared for postsecondary education. Counselors are uniquely positioned to change the postsecondary trajectories for all students. In order for counselors to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings, however, they must be formally trained as college advisers, postsecondary planners, and education advocates.




Our work in this area has been largely informed by the 2011 and 2012 National Survey of School Counselors published by the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA). NOSCA recommended that states provide counselors with pre-service and in-service training that aligns counselors' work to the college and career readiness outcomes of their students. Inspired to act based on this data, as well as feedback from the counselors within our LCANs, MCAN is launching a counselor training project with a focus on college access, the School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course.  


Course Details

The School Counselor Postsecondary Planning Training course is an eight-month hybrid course with three in person gatherings in Lansing (late Sept, early Dec, early May). The course enrolls a maximum of 100 school counselors over an academic year. The online components will involve readings, activities, research, and engagement in discussion board posts. The course includes 12 sessions on topics spanning the college access and postsecondary planning space. Topics include college affordability planning, college admission processes, college and career assessments, academic planning for college readiness, college aspirations, enrichment and extracurricular engagement, and transition from high school graduation to college enrollment. The course will be facilitated by Michigan experts in college advising and postsecondary planning. 

The in person session dates are: September 29, December 5, and May 12


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Course Cost
Nominated counselors will receive an $800 scholarship to complete the course at no cost. The only cost to be covered by the participant is personal travel to and from three in-person sessions in Lansing.



State Continuing Education Clock Hours

MCAN kicked off the School Counselor Postsecodary Planning Training Course in Fall 2013. We were able to award 59 SCECHs to those individuals who completed the entire course. In order to be awarded clock hours for the course, students must complete all online and in-person components.




We ask that interested school counselors receive a nomination and/or support from a community member, administrator or higher education professional. Once registration opens you will be asked to share information about your nominator/supporter.

If you are interested in nominating someone please edit and share this letter with them. 
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Course Registration

Registration will begin on Monday, April 28th and continue until the course is full. In the event that the course fills we will keep a waiting list. Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis.


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Annual Reports

on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:11.

Annual Reports

The Michigan College Access Network annual report provides an overview of the organization's accomplishments for the previous fiscal year and a summary of its financial operations. Annual reports are available in PDF form. For more information on MCAN, its work, and its financial operations, contact Sarah Anthony, director of finance, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax

As part of MCAN's commitment to transparency and accountability, we make available MCAN's most recent IRS Form 990.

Download this file (IFUND2011 Financial Statements.pdf)2011 Financial Statements[ ]103 kB
Download this file (MCAN12 Final Financial Statements.pdf)2012 Financial Statements[ ]93 kB

Site Coordinator Resources

on Monday, 29 July 2013 17:03.


Site Coordinators are required to participate in one webinar training. The webinar will guide CAW Site Coordinators in preparing and executing MI College Application Week event(s) November 3 - 7 at your school. The webinar will review the resources available for Site Coordinators in great detail, discuss suggested timelines for planning, and host site expectations. It also will cover volunteer recruitment and  data collection.

Required Webinar

Site Coordinator Webinar Training
*Due to limited webinar "seats" please register for ONE of the time slots provided. The webinars are identical. You do not need to attend both. Only register for one.

Option 1: Thursday, August 28 from 10:00 - 11:30 am - how to register will be available after host sites are selected

Option 2: Thursday, August 28 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm - how to register will be available after host sites are selected

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A number of resources will be available for our host site coordinators to assist in the planning and execution of your MI College Application Week activities. Traditionally, these resources are available on our website by mid-August and then physically mailed to you by mid-September. 

What did Site Coordinators receive in 2013?

  • 2013 Site Coordinator Resource Manual for participating high schools includes:
    • Planning Checklist for participating high schools
    • Volunteer Resource Guide
    • Senior Resource Guide
    • Ideas for promoting CAW and building a college-going culture
  • College and University Application Fees, Essay and Letter of Rec Requirements - this file includes updates of institutions waiving fees. Please check it regularly as it will continue to be updated as colleges and universities notify us.
  • Promotional materials including "I Applied" stickers, posters, pens - mailed in September
  • "Apply Yourself" videos


2014 Host Site List
The official host site list is now available. Contact information of the site coordinators will not be posted until September.

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Senior Resources

on Monday, 29 July 2013 16:54.

Hey Seniors! When it's time to complete your college applications, you want to make sure you are ready!  We have a number of resources that have been provided to your high schools as they host MI College Application Week.  Your school isn't participating? Ask your counselor to consider participating. 

Decision Day - host site list button

Resources that will be available by September 2014

  • Senior Resource Guide & Application Checklist
  • College and University Application Fees, Essay and Letter of Rec Requirements - includes updates of institutions waiving fees during MI CAW 2014
  • Michigan Postsecondary Handbook - another document to review college and university requirements
  • Tell us about your MI College Application Week experience on Facebook and Twitter. Use #IApplied and #ImGoingToCollege. During the week we'll have give-a-ways so make sure to like and follow us!


Michigan College Access Portal:

The Michigan College Access Portal is a statewide initiative that provides FREE support for students, parents and site coordinators to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. It is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for students to plan, apply and pay for college. Sign up today at www.michigancap.org.

mi-capMultiple webinars and training resources are available to help you understand how to utilize specific user roles like Student, Counselor or Parent. You must first create an account at www.michigancap.org and log in to access the recorded trainings. Once logged in, training resources are available at "Support," then select "Training Center."


KnoHow2Go Michigan  - ItsMILife:

Have questions about life after high school? Planning for college doesn't have to seem endless and a big drain on your time. KnowHow2Go Michigan can show you the steps to college. Ask questions, get answers and search through the numerous resources available in Michigan to help students like you get to college.  The site offers a non-intimidating, peer-to-peer conversational entry-point, while at the same time providing opportunities and resources for college and career planning. Visit www.itsmilife.com today!

The Four Steps to College

  • Be a pain – Let everyone know that you’re going to college and need their help.
  • Push yourself – Working a little harder today will make getting into college even easier.
  • Find the right fit – Find out what kind of school is the best match for you and your career goals.
  • Put your hands on some cash – If you think you can’t afford college, think again. There’s lots of aid out there.

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