Call for Presenters

on Friday, 16 March 2012 12:58.

6th Annual Conference

March 8-9, 2016

Theme: College Changes Everything

MCAN is seeking proposals for our 6th Annual Conference: College Changes Everything.  The conference will take place at the Lansing Center on March 8th-9th.  Proposals will be accepted from November 12th, 2015 through January 4th, 2016.  Stay tuned for more details on conference registration.

Submit a proposal using this link.

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on Friday, 25 September 2015 15:56.


Conference Sponsors

on Monday, 02 March 2015 16:56.

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of the 2015 Michigan College Access Network Conference.

Platinum Sponsors:  

CMU logo


Premiere Sponsors:

College Board

Dean Transportation

KCP - Michigan GEAR UP

Lumina Foundation

Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) Program

Michigan Department of Education

Michigan Virtual University

Spartan Printing

Lead Sponsors:

Developmental Disabilities Institute

Excellent Schools Detroit

Ferris State University

Lansing Community College

Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA)

Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan

Public Policy Associates, Inc.

The Skillman Foundation

US Army, Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion

Awards Reception Sponsor:

SignalVine, LLC

Welcome/Opening Sponsor:

Michigan Campus Compact

Lunch/Plenary Sponsor:

Michigan Center for Student Success

Gold Exhibitor
CMU logo


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Silver Exhibitors

College Greenlight

Ferris State University

Lansing Community College

Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Program

Michigan Campus Compact

Michigan Department of Treasury -
Student Financial Services Bureau

SignalVine, LLC

US Army, Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion

Wells Fargo



Pre-Conference Sessions

on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:28.

New to the conference this year will be four pre-conference sessions. We invite you to attend one of the sessions outlined below. All sessions will take place at the Radisson at the Capitol Hotel in Lansing, MI from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Beyond Dollars: Role of Investors in Collective Impact

Pranav Kothari of StriveTogether will lead a session focused on the role investors can play in collective impact partnerships. Based on the work of StriveTogether and its 59 Cradle to Career Network members, this session will walk through examples of how various funders have engaged directly in collective impact partnerships. Nationally, we have seen funders, including foundations, corporations, and public sector entities, initiate local partnerships, provide strategic guidance, serve in backbone functions, manage local leadership transitions, and serve as leadership table and change network members. Through a combination of direct instruction, case study, and group exercises, this session will cover the core practices and lessons learned from collective impact, how session participants can best engage locally in a variety of roles, and the future of collective impact work that is increasingly focusing on quality.

While this session will be focused on investing in collective impact, it is not a workshop for individual collective impact initiatives to learn about how to get funded. This session is specifically targeted at funders who want to know more about being a partner in collective impact. While the backdrop for this conversation is the issue of education, funders looking to invest in other issues' collective impact infrastructure are encouraged to join the conversation.

HOST: Council of Michigan Foundations
Radisson Capitol I
PRESENTER: Pranav Kothari, Senior Director – Strategy and Innovation, StriveTogether

SAT: The College Board, the Transition, the Support
Michigan has long considered itself an ACT state, but recent changes at the state level will now require that all 11th graders take the SAT instead. This change has left many school administrators, counselors, and community-based direct service providers concerned. MCAN and The College Board want to make sure you are prepared to proactively respond to the upcoming changes. We invite you to join this session to hear from The College Board on the transition along with the support, professional development resources, student preparation resources, campaigns, and more that you and your students will now be able to access.

HOST: The College Board
Radisson Capitol II
PRESENTERS: Hoor Bhanpuri, Senior Director K-12, College Board
Deb-Biggs Thomas, Outreach Coordinator, Michigan eLibrary

What's My Role: The Role of Each Sector on an LCAN Leadership Team
During the planning phase, Local College Access Networks are charged with building a cross-sector leadership team of influential community leaders, which by design includes non-education focused leaders. It can often be challenging for these community leaders to understand their role and their impact as a member of the LCAN's Leadership Team. We invite LCAN Leadership Team members to join us at this pre-conference session for a discussion with high level cross-sector Leadership Team members from across the state regarding their perspectives on their role and yours to the college access movement.

HOST: Michigan College Access Network
Radisson Capitol II

LCAN Coordinators Only: Network Sustainability
Local College Access Networks are, by design, long-term infrastructures intended to permanently cement a collaborative system for post-secondary attainment. As such, it's critical to plan for the future to ensure this infrastructure is sustainable. Leveraging the financial support and technical assistance provided by MCAN allows LCAN staff and Leadership Teams to spark further investment into this work. Over the course of this pre-conference workshop, MCAN will assist LCAN Coordinators to buoy their work by developing strategies and plans for ensuring a sustainable LCAN. This session is intended for LCAN Coordinators and LCAN leadership only.

HOST: Michigan College Access Network
Radisson Capitol IV
PRESENTER: Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN, Assistant Director for Network Development


on Saturday, 02 August 2014 13:22.

Coming soon!

This section of the MCAN website will soon feature Research and Policy Briefs, Collective Impact resources, College Access resources and topics, and the Job Board.

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