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Livingston County Receives MCAN Implementation Grant
The grant will help establish a Local College Access Network to promote postsecondary attainment
Lansing, MI – Michigan College Access Network awarded Livingston Educational Service Agency with a $60,000 Implementation Grant award to launch a Local College Access Network.
MCAN provides planning, implementation and continuous improvement grants to support college access and success initiatives. The three types of grants are designed to help Michigan communities establish cross-sector collaborative leadership teams and action plans to dramatically increase their college-going rates.
With this grant, Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) will help establish a Local College Access Network to support community and education leaders in providing greater access to postsecondary education. LCANs support communities across Michigan to promote access to higher education – particularly among communities with low college-going rates. These alliances, made up of CEO-level leaders from education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector, create and expand programs that lower barriers that impede students from seeking postsecondary education.
Livingston’s LCAN, named the Livingston Career and College Access Network (www.lccan.org) has an extremely strong representation of leaders in the county including Chamber Presidents, Superintendents, Michigan Works, United Way, and representation from all of the colleges that service the community.
“We look forward to coordinating new programs for our students,” commented Laura Hoehn, Career and College Readiness Coordinator of LESA. “This Implementation Grant provides a unique opportunity to hire staff that can improve and promote the local college access network.”
As recipients of the Implementation Grant, LESA is expected to complete and submit the following deliverables at the end of their grant program:
• Action plan with data-driven priority areas, strategies and timeline
• Create a college access and success data dashboard
• Revisiting the network’s college access and success asset map
• Identified areas of program alignment
MCAN’s goal is to improve the number of Michigan residents who have earned post-secondary degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. The percentage of Livingston County residents (ages 25-64) with at least an associate degree is 45.51 percent, compared to the state average of 43.3 percent.
About Michigan College Access Network
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. Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate — from 36.8% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 37.4%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 39.4 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org.