Many community-based programs are at work today, improving college access by preparing families, providing resources and encouraging students to pursuing higher education. MCAN works to coordinate Michigan's college access resources, programs, and services, and to strengthen existing like-minded and mission-aligned college access and success initiatives. We encourage LCANs to build on success when you incorporate these great resources into your own local strategies.
Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University
DDI aims to contribute to the development of inclusive communities and quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through a culturally sensitive statewide program of interdisciplinary education, community support and services, research and dissemination of information. DDI and MCAN will encourage local communities to work together to discuss and identify opportunities for cooperative work and mutually beneficial projects. http://ddi.wayne.edu
Fostering Success Michigan
An initiative of Western Michigan University, Fostering Success Michigan is building a Michigan-wide collective-impact strategy to prepare youth in foster care for college by increasing awareness of, access to and success with college preparation. The goal is to increase college-going rates and successful career transitions among Michigan’s foster-youth population.
Intern in Michigan
Intern in Michigan is a new comprehensive internship and career resource. This groundbreaking new system instantly connects students and employers through a unique online matching system. Intern in Michigan is a free internship resources that connects businesses and organizations with qualified student interns, based on skills and interests. In less than one year, more than 15,000 internship seekers and more than 1,200 companies from across the state of Michigan have registered on Intern in Michigan.
Michigan Campus Compact:
College Positive Volunteerism
Michigan Campus Compact assists with connecting higher education institutions and LCANs, in an effort to increase the number of college students developed and trained to serve as College Positive Volunteers (CPVs) in local communities. These CPVs will serve as college access promoters, mentors, and supporters for underrepresented K-12 students.
Mentoring to Access Corps
The Mentoring to Access Corps (MAC) program enrolls and places 35 full-time AmeriCorps members with youth mentoring programs, colleges, and universities across Michigan. Mentoring AmeriCorps members will increase the quantity and quality of youth mentoring relationships while also impacting college-going rates and career readiness for hundreds of K-12 youth in Michigan. Campus AmeriCorps members will increase college access for high school youth in grades 9-12 who come from low-income families or who have parents who did not attend college (i.e. first generation college-going students). MAC began in the fall of 2013 and is run through the Michigan Nonprofit Association, in partnership with Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact.
Michigan's College Advising Corps - UM and MSU
The University of Michigan and Michigan State University recruit and train a diverse group of recent U-M and MSU college graduates to work full-time as college advisers in underserved high schools throughout Michigan for one-two years. These advisers assist high school students in navigating every aspect of the college selection and enrollment process. They will work with school staff and their LCANs to foster a college-going culture within their schools and communities.
For the 2014-15 school year, the Michigan College Advising Corps and Michigan State University College Advising Corps will place 43 recent college graduates within 51 high schools throughout Michigan.
MI College Goal - EduGuide
Hundreds of volunteers will help college-bound Michigan students and their families complete the FAFSA during statewide Michigan College Goal events held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Financial aid experts will be available at dozens of sites across Michigan to guide students and their parents through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA.
Michigan Community College Association
Achieving the Dream: Community College Count - is a multi-year national initiative to improve student success at community colleges. Seventeen of Michigan’s twenty-eight community colleges participate in the Achieving the Dream Initiative.
Michigan Center for Student Success - The Center for Student Success provides state-level support to Michigan's 28 community colleges by serving as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practices, research, and policy.
Michigan Department of Human Services - Education Planners
Michigan DHS has hired 16 education planners to work with youth in foster care, age 14 and older. The education planners serve 32 counties providing one-on-one assistance to youth in foster care and acting as a liaison between the child welfare system and the education system. Education planners are trained as experts in college preparation and financial aid for youth transitioning out of the foster care system.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Workforce Development Agency, KING*CHAVEZ*PARKS Initiative
The goal of the KCP Initiative is to increase the number of Michigan's most educationally disadvantaged citizens who have the opportunity to complete college degrees and experience career success. KCP consists of six unique programs designed to assist students along the academic pipeline from 7th grade through graduate school. A key component of the Initiative is the GEARUP/College Day Program which partners with Michigan’s public universities to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component for low-income students.
PROMISE ZONES, Public Policy Associates. In 2009, ten communities in Michigan were designated as “Promise Zones.” These communities will create and implement a universal college scholarship program for all students living and graduating high school within the geographic boundaries of the Zone.
Student Scholarships & Grants Division (SSG)
The mission of the Student Scholarships and Grants Division (SSG) is to determine eligibility and deliver funds for state-administered student financial aid programs on behalf of students. SSG also provides support to our high schools, family, community, and postsecondary partners with the overall goal of providing access to education beyond high school for all students. The goal of the SSG is to help students pay for college and provide a "one-stop-shop" for the administration of Michigan's scholarships and grants programs.