Awards Dinner

on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:51.

New to the conference this year are the College Access Impact Awards Dinner and a wine reception.

Radisson at the Capitol
111 North Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Date and Time:
Sunday, April 12
5:30 - 6:30 pm Wine Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm Awards Dinner


Wine Reception

Prior to the College Access Impact Awards Dinner, please join us for a relaxing wine reception from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. The reception is reserved for Awards Dinner attendees only.


College Access Impact Awards Dinner

MCAN is pleased to begin recognizing 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. In our first ever awards dinner, MCAN will recognize five outstanding college access advocates from across the state for their dedication to the field along with a celebration of our achievements as a state over the past five years. Join us to celebrate our awardees accomplishments over a five star dinner.

On the menu for the evening:

Caesar Salad with foacaccia croutons

Choice of an entrée: 
Roulade of Chicken Breast – stuffed with baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes with thyme 
Atlantic Salmon – roasted Atlantic salmon and roubed red pepper coulis
Dijon Pesto Ravioli – cheese ravioli with Dijon pesto cream sauce accompanied by a cherry tomato confit and fresh steamed asparagus

Choice of a dessert:
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brulee

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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.

Radisson at the Capitol
111 North Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

1:00 - 5:00 pm a snack break is included


Pre-Conference Sessions

What Does Collective Impact Mean for Funders?
In our sector, Collective Impact is an international buzz phrase for tackling complex social issues. Digging into the framework as described by FSG, the consulting firm that wrote the penultimate 2011 Collective Impact article, it is clear that philanthropic giving must change in a community in order for this concept to truly work. Without a full understanding of how grantmakers and donors should be engaged in successful Collective Impact, needle-moving change across systems will not occur. Too often, funders are the last organizations invited to the table to give input prior to them being formally asked for significant dollars. Join this workshop to hear from experts in philanthropy on how funding Collective Impact can improve the outcomes sought by both the grantor and the grantee. This session will speak to Collective Impact broadly applied to multiple issue areas, not solely on education.
HOST: Council of Michigan Foundations

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

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

LCAN Coordinators Only: Network Sustainability
Local College Access Networks are, by design, long-term infrastructure 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
PRESENTER: Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN, Assistant Director for Network Development




College Access Topics & Resources

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Coming soon!

Journal of College Access

on Friday, 28 March 2014 18:25.

MCAN is affiliated with and supports the Journal of College Access, a new digital academic journal focusing on national perspectives on college access.  This Journal is hosted by Western Michigan University and its co-editors are Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. and Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D, both college access advocates in Michigan and beyond.

Click here to read articles, send submissions, and to learn more.

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Collective Impact

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Research and Policy Briefs

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Coming soon!


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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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