MCAN Seeks Placement of College Advisers for 2018

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Since 2015, the Michigan College Access Network's (MCAN) AdviseMI program has embedded well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. The advisers are recent college graduates from partner higher education institutions. After an intensive four week training, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the FAFSA, secure financial aid, and matriculate to college. These game-changing advisers serve as experts, mentors, champions, and guides to the students they serve under the leadership of school counselors. They also play a transformative role in the buildings in which they are placed by fostering a college-going culture in partnership with school staff and providing needed supplemental support to overburdened school counselors.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, MCAN expects to maintain its current relationships with the 70 previously-granted high schools. Pending AmeriCorps approval, MCAN anticipates hiring an additional 1-5 advisers and placing them in 1-10 high schools. New partner high schools will be selected via a competitive grant process. That process begins with the completion of the Intent to Apply Form. Once the form is complete, potential applicants will gain access to the online grant application system in which they can complete their proposal and submit electronically. A preview of the grant application can be found below. Schools with below average postsecondary enrollment rates and above average free and reduced lunch rates are given priority in the grant award process.

As the leader in the state's college access movement, MCAN's mission is to increase Michigan's college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent in 2008 to 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated an additional 4 percent of Michiganders have a post-secondary certificate, bringing Michigan's official attainment rate to 43.4 percent. It is MCAN's goal to increase Michigan's postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.

The required Intent to Apply form can be accessed by clicking here.

The full Request for Proposals (RFP) with further program details can be viewed by clicking here.

The online application officially opens October 16 and can only be accessed by those who have submitted an Intent to Apply Form. These forms are available now and will be accepted at any time. Completed grant applications are due November 27.

For even more information, please visit the MCAN website.

Questions? Please contact MCAN's Melissa Steward at melissa@micollegeaccess.org or 517-316-1713.