MICAN will be participating in the Ionia Christmas Parade on November 30th, 2012! Our new mobile unit will be making one of its first public appearances in the parade! Come out and celebrate the holiday season and get information about MICAN, Financial Aid, and College Access!

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Michaela Cortese
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Nov

Twitter!

The Montcalm Ionia College Access Network has expanded its horizons and joined Twitter! You can find us @mican_mi ! Please follow us and help spread the word about MICAN!

https://twitter.com/mican_mi

Thank you!

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Michaela Cortese

The cost of college keeps a lot of potiential students from applying of even attending colleges and universities, especially with the economy the way it is. However, now more than ever it is important to gain that higher education. It is predicted that by 2018 (only 6 years away!) that more than 60% of jobs in Michigan will require some kind of post-secondary education! Currently in Montcalm and Ionia County only about 25% of the population holds an associates degree or higher! As the year continues MICAN is striving to prepare the students and families for this change! It is important to make sure that you are aware of all of the help that you can recieve when trying to pay for college! Seniors, please be getting ready to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), make sure you have applied for your PIN! If you need help getting your PIN or think you will need help filling out the FAFSA we will have many different events for you to attend when FAFSA season starts! Or you can come in or call and we can help you!! Underclassman and parents, start looking for scholarships and other forms of financial aid! There are lots of ways to pay for college without taking out loans! It’s never too early to start preparing for college! It is almost College Application Week, how many colleges have you applied to?! If you haven’t, its not too late! Get atleast one college application in this year!!

 

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Julie Rowan

Monday, August 6, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Michigan Room
621 New St., Stanton, MI 48888

*All Steering Committee members should plan to attend at least from 8:00-12:00.

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Julie Rowan

Monday, July 9, 2012
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, Eastview Room
621 New Street
Stanton, MI 48888

All are welcome. Contact us to RSVP.

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Julie Rowan

When summer rolls around, it’s easy to think we can take a break from education – whether it’s working on our own schooling, or addressing the educational issues that affect the communities around us. But the video below, created by the Council of Michigan Foundations, is a good reminder that education matters all year long. It also conveys reasons why, no matter what role we play in our communities, whether we are students, teachers, parents, other educators, or workers in non-profit or for-profit private organizations, we all have a job to do to ensure everyone has access to postsecondary education.

Want to help, but not sure what you can do? Let’s talk. You can contact MICAN here.

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Julie Rowan

Our next Steering Committee meeting is Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Ionia County Intermediate School District:

 

 

2191 Harwood Road
Ionia, MI 48846

We will be sharing progress updates, discussing our ongoing agenda, and reviewing data for developing our data dashboard.

All are welcome, but please call Julie at (616) 527-4900 to let her know if you will attend.

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Julie Rowan

Join us for our next Steering Committee Meeting:
Monday, May 14, 2012
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District
621 New Street, Stanton, MI

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Julie Rowan

It’s an exciting – and sometimes emotional – time as your child begins his or her formal education. But this is also the time to start preparing for your child’s college education. There are many steps you can take now to help ensure your child is academically, socially, and financially ready for college. Here are seven ideas:

1) Expect your child to go to college. Explain what college is and why they should go, even if you didn’t go.

2) Reinforce that good grades are important, but not as important as genuine learning.

3) Share learning experiences together, by reading together, visiting parks or museums, cooking or doing crafts, or simply asking your child questions about the world around him or her.

4) Include the idea of college in your conversations. Help your child understand that he or she is expected to keep learning after high school. Explore learning and career options together.

5) Consider starting or contributing to a college fund instead of giving other gifts. For more information about savings plans in Michigan, visit http://michigan.gov/setwithmet and http://www.misaves.com.

6) Teach your child about budgeting, saving, and personal responsibility. Help them start saving.

7) If you have children in high school, help them contact MICAN if they need help with planning for college.
It may feel like college is too far off to think about now. But it’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking college.

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Julie Rowan

On March 16, over 150 Portland Middle School 8th grade students ventured out to Michigan State University.  They were joined by more than 10 teachers, and over 10 parents as well.

The students and their chaperones attended an informational and motivational presentation by Dr. Clarence Underwood from the Admissions Department. Dr. Underwood talked with the students about the importance of setting goals, working hard, and not being afraid to ask questions or get help. Students then had tours of the campus and ate lunch at the newly renovated dining facility in Holden Hall. 6 MSU tour guides and 9 other current MSU students (5 of whom graduated from Portland Middle School!) helped make this a personal, meaningful experience for the 8th graders.

For many students, this was not only their first visit to MSU, but also their first visit to any four-year university. Students were asked to evaluate the visit, and a significant majority said the felt more excited about going to college than they had before visiting MSU.

Special thanks also go to Amber Fogarty, counselor at Portland Middle School, Todd Marsh, Portland’s principal, and MSU Admissions staff for their efforts and support.

You can see some pictures from the visit below, and go here for an article in the Ionia Sentinel-Standard about the visit.

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Julie Rowan