Reprinted from the Michigan College Access Network
Michigan College Access Network invests $9,000 to support student success efforts at Mid Michigan College
Grant will support the launch and use of streaming technology in rural Michigan
LANSING, Mich. — Students living in Huron and Tuscola counties soon will have more access to college coursework thanks to a $9,000 Innovative Program Grant awarded to Mid Michigan College by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).
Using streaming technology, Mid Michigan College will expand its outreach by serving students where there is a lack of college coursework options. The goal of the initiative is to bring higher education opportunities to rural communities.
“We would like to pilot a streaming solution that facilitates one-on-one academic advising, student services, and supplemental academic support,” said Scott Mertes, Vice President of Community Outreach and Advancement at Mid Michigan College. “Low-income students may especially benefit because the streaming technology solutions will be implemented throughout the community, which may help to ease transportation issues that rural students often face.”
“This initiative aligns with our goal of ‘Sixty by 30’ and increases college access in Michigan’s rural areas, where there is a lack of higher education offerings,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of MCAN. “We are looking forward to seeing how interactive technology can play a role in enrolling and supporting students in college.”
MCAN’s Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment, and completion in communities across the state. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $335,000 in 34 different Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout Michigan.
As the leader in the State’s college access movement, MCAN has a 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 eighth year in a row, Michigan’s post-secondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45% as of 2019. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s post-secondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.