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da Vinci- 1 of 4 Schools to Receive Grant




April 22, 2015


Four Jackson County High Schools Receive MCAN AdviseMI Grant Award

Jackson, Mich.— Four Jackson County high schools will soon begin sharing two trained and dedicated college advisers as part of a recent grant received from the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in support of its AdviseMI program. These advisors will join the efforts of Jackson’s College and Career Access Center to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education.

With this grant award, two near-peer advisers will be assigned to Springport, East Jackson, Da Vinci, and Michigan Center high schools. The AdviseMI program, with its close alignment and collaboration with the College and Career Access Center, will continue to improve access to services supporting post-secondary affordability and navigation countywide. 

“Michigan Center is excited to work with MCAN in providing additional services to our students,” said Scott Koziol, superintendent of Michigan Center Schools. “Our current counselor does an outstanding job of meeting the needs of our middle and high schools’ over 600 students, and this opportunity will provide supplemental services to our students as they look to define their next steps after high school.”

The AdviseMI program embeds well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. The advisers are recent college graduates from partner colleges, and serve as experts, mentors, champions, and guides to the students they serve. The program includes partnerships with 13 Michigan colleges that are providing support to this initiative, with Central Michigan and Oakland University providing support specifically to Jackson County. 

"We're thrilled to provide two college advisers to serve four high schools in Jackson County," said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. "These well-trained, dedicated college graduates will bring important support to students in Jackson County and will supplement the great work of high school counselors."

“The College and Career Access Center looks at this wonderful opportunity as a reflection of the great work that is happening within our 13 Connected Community Schools in terms of college and career preparation,” said Nancy Peters-Lewis, executive director of the College and Career Access Center. “We welcome the additional advisers into our community and look forward to the collaboration.”

Jackson’s College and Career Access Center supports local school districts in improving student success by ensuring students are prepared to go to college, and know how to navigate the college access and financial aid processes. The Center provides one-on-one support with students and their families at its central location as well as with school-based advisers and services. This service is offered collectively through all 13 public school districts and in partnership with the Cradle 2 Career Network, and is available to all Jackson area high school students.