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Mid has received a federal grant to provide services to 6-12 grade students from public schools within the Clare-Gladwin RESD and Coleman Community Schools who are low income and/or potential first generation college students. There are limited spots open for all students. The goal is to make sure these students are prepared for postsecondary education.
This project adapts the highly successful urban Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model to serve students in rural Mid-Michigan. City University of New York (CUNY) began the ASAP program in 2007, and students in the program “earn an associate degree within three years at roughly double the rate of similar non-ASAP CUNY student (52.4 percent versus 26.9 percent)” (Cormier, Sanders, Raufman & Strumbos, 2019).
The signature feature of the ASAP model is intensive advising services from an ASAP-dedicated advisor with a relatively low advising caseload—about 150 students per adviser. Mid’s adaptation of the ASP model maintains that caseload ratio, but moves beyond intensive advising to comprehensive services from the time a student is admitted to the time the student leaves the college to join the workforce (or transfers to a four-year school).
The grant-funded success coaches will, at a minimum, meet 3-4 times per year with students in their cohort. In the initial “onboarding” phase the coaches will focus on developing individualized academic plans and financial plans for the student. As students complete their academic work, Success Coaches will monitor an early alert system that tracks attendance and academic participation in the college’s course management system. Near the end of their time at Mid, the students will transition to an “off-boarding” phase, focusing on applying the academic knowledge and skills they have gained at Mid to a workplace environment.
Mid will work with local employers, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Michigan WORKS! Association, and non-profit organizations to identify internship and externship opportunities, and Success Coaches will connect students to the appropriate opportunity. Even students in remote rural areas will have internship opportunities, thanks to micro-internships available in the “Gig Economy” (for example at www.parkerdewey.com). Every student in Mid’s grant cohorts will be provided with an internship and or externship experience.