The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) leads a statewide movement to increase Michigan’s college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color. By 2018, 62% of all Michigan jobs will require some form of postsecondary education. College (defined broadly as the attainment of a college degree or postsecondary certificate) is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity. A high school diploma simply isn’t enough to compete in the 21st century. MASP and MCAN are partnering to ensure after-school programs have the necessary resources to help their students seamlessly transition from high school to college.
There are a number of (free!) opportunities for high schools and community programs to partner with MCAN in order to improve their college-going rates. For example:
- Introduce your students to KnowHo2GoMichigan.org, a place to talk about life after high school and learn the steps to get to college
- Introduce your students to MichiganCap.org, a one-stop-shop web-based college access platform
- High schools can sign up for 2014 College Application Week (November 3-7)
- High schools can host a College Decision/Signing Day event (on or around May 1) for seniors
- Encourage program staff and your local school counselors to participate in learning opportunities through our various webinars and annual conference
For more information on any of these programs, visit the Michigan College Access Network website at www.micollegeaccess.org. You may also contact Sarah Anthony, Director of Finance and Strategic Partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah currently serves on the MASP Communication Subcommittee and is committed to helping strengthen the partnership of our organizations.