January 13, 2014
3:00-4:30 pm
Ionia County ISD

MINUTES 

I.        Introductions
Brandy Johnson – MCAN
Jamie Jacobs – MCAN
Shannon Tripp – Early College at MCC
Billie Patterson – United Way AmeriCorps VISTA
Gabrielle Likavec – MI-HRDI – Michigan Works
Michele Krick – Firstbank
Adam Ellsworth – United Way
Renee Hampton – Michigan One
Tamice Gates – ICISD AmeriCorps VISTA
Lynda Richter – ICISD AmeriCorps VISTA
Kylie Horrocks – MSUCAC
Sam Hampshire – Student
Becky Powell – EduGuide
Roger Thelen – United Way
Demitria Gavit – MSUCAC
Ryan Wilson – MCC
Cheryl Granzo – Birth to 5 EC Programs
Bob K – ICISD
Maury Geiger – Saranac
Pam Hotchkiss – ICISD AmeriCorps VISTA
Stephanie Sims – ICISD AmeriCorps VISTA
Deborah Wagner  – ICISD

II.    Approval of past minutes (from December 9, 2013 meeting)

III.   Presentation

  • Brandy Johnson & Jamie Jacobs-MCAN-State’s College Access Progress
    • Dashboard handout.  MCAN statewide goals.  Baseline, Previous, Current & Trend lines, if data available.
    • Most LCAN use this dashboard set up to track their progress.
    • Questions:
      • Who do the opinion surveys go to? Phone based survey, 1000 respondents.  MCAN data is just one small part of a major survey that covers a lot, including politics;
      • How much data comes from the National Student Clearinghouse? None of the data comes from there.  Most all of it comes from mystudentdata.org and FAFSA completion data.
      •  Anyone working on Birth to 5?  Some communities are embracing a Cradle to College approach.  Most tend to work from Kindergarten and up, not necessarily 0-5.
    • Activities by other LCANs: Designing networks/framework & local alignment, Collective Impact framework, establishing common goal, establishing & updating dashboard, analyzing data.  College application weeks (students apply to at least one college during this week, fees waived during that week); FAFSA completion is a big, easy one that most LCANs do when first starting up;  TIP eligibility look ups; Comprehensive Counselor Training program; Formalized partnership with college access organizations that target specific populations (such as vets,  people with disabilities, special needs).
    • MCAN offers technical assistance, and grants for LCANs that embrace the same goals.
    • Maury Geiger-Promise Scholarship
      • Superintendent of Saranac schools. Looking to bring the Promise to Saranac Public Schools.  Middle dollar approach: fill out FAFSA to get grants, and then they get promise dollars.
      • Handout of power point
        • Promise programs seek to change the culture of a community, not simply award scholarships.  They are geographically bounded to the specific community.  Near universal (merit based) or universal (everyone gets x amount of scholarship dollars) in that everyone has a stake/broad buy-in throughout the community.  It is longer term to allow for people to make choices based on the program’s benefits.
        • Models vary by student eligibility, eligibility post-secondary institutions; level of student support services provided, and funding (private businesses, philanthropic, tax).
        • Promise programs work by bringing people to the community, since people will know their children will be guaranteed a college education for living in that community.  Leads to creation and/or growth of human, social and economic capital for individuals, the city and the region (If the community is aligned).  Strengthens college-going culture in K-12 systems.  Reduces high school dropout numbers and increases high school graduation numbers.  Narrows the college attendance gap by income and race.  Narrows achievement gap K-12.  Boosts community morale, sense of identity.  Mobilizes partners around education and economic development.  Increases volunteer activity in schools, new tutoring and mentoring programs. New philanthropic resources, greater social cohesion due to better-educated residents.   New financial resources for school district.  Freed up family college savings accounts.  Stronger housing market, rise in property values.  New business investment.  Population growth.
        • Questions: Is the idea to get the kids to college, or to get them an education and to come back to the community? No strings attached, they aren’t required to stay in the district.  The hope is that if we can prove that we have a solid. educated workforce, the businesses will COME to the community. Has the village of Saranac been on board with this idea?  Yes, he has yet to be turned away.
        • Kylie Horrocks-College Ambassador Program
          • October CAC conference, presented a College Ambassador program: having your students help with college access events and activities in your school, etc… Engage in peer to peer outreach and education, parent engagement, and public relations to promote a college-going culture and college access in Ionia Public Schools, while personally gaining crucial skills for success after high school. Other high schools in our counties with CACs are also implementing this program.  Students go through an interview process, also gaining life skills even if they are not accepted into the program.  Public speaking, resume building, career goals will also be addressed.
            • This program will be presented the county counselors at the monthly meeting (this Wednesday).
            • Video: Paying for College – to be viewed next meeting
            • Early College: Shannon
              • Early College is a partnership between MAISD and MCC, because of a need for kids who were ready to move on and do more, or not being happy or successful with standard high school.  Lottery system is used, after students take assessments (4).  They start classes on MCC campus the last week of August, their junior year.  Based on their performance, they are either are off to college classes in January, given a blended semester, or staying with the high school teachers at MCC.  Intense training in soft skills: note taking, time managing, etc… Students can take classes that qualify for college credit.  Currently have 16 students enrolled.  Shannon will be presenting to a couple more high school and is hoping to get that enrollment number to grow.
                • The currently participating schools are: Central Montcalm, Vestaburg, Carson City, Montabella.
                • Students are in early college for three years, and then graduate with high school and associates degree.  (they attend school one extra year).  They are not required to pay for books, materials, etc… They also don’t graduate with their normal class and require a fifth year waiver.  Some other Early colleges let students participate in the high school graduation ceremony with their class even if they don’t actually earn their diploma.  Early College participants will get to participate in MCC graduation.  For those students that are graduating a year after their class, the high schools have said they would make sure to make it a big deal that they completed the Early College at the high school graduation.
                • HS Extracurricular are affected because of the schedule. Students can attend to anything MCC, including their extracurricular, gym, etc…
                • The Early College program will take whomever wants to apply.  There will be very serious conversations with students that have struggled academically.  Free tutoring available.  Weighted process in lottery.  First-gen college students have preference.  Many students that apply have a higher level of maturity than “regular” high school students and like this opportunity to avoid “high school drama”.
                • Students must have their own transportation and lunch.
                • This program is not open to sophomores due to not being able to complete their standard high school credits as well.
                • Some credits will count double (for high school and for college).

IV.  MICAN News & Progress Update

  • College Application Week Update
    • Reports included in packets.
    • Ionia 138/160 seniors participated (including special education students).  On site admissions.  Ferris, Central, GVSU on site.  Donations from local businesses to provide food and coffee.  Most students who were thinking four year had already applied.  Those students were able to talk to other students to help in the process.  MCAN data collection.  Also had scholarship and financial aid information available.  Application fees were waived.
    • Demi’s was a bit low key.  She focused on one-on-one advising, so many kids had already applied before the week.  41 applied at Central Montcalm, Carson had 31. Carson has a more difficult culture, and it was a bit of challenge.  Next year will be more upbeat.  Overall, Demi felt it was successful.
    • FAFSA Workshop Dates
      • Get students to fill out before March 1st, to fully qualify for as money as possible.  All the local high schools have FAFSA nights scheduled.  All of the Ionia County ISD VISTAs are FAFSA trained to be able to assist.
      • Gabrielle L. requested a non-high school based FAFSA night for students who had previously dropped out of high school and earned their GED.  Bob K said the ICISD would be open to having an FAFSA event as well.  Pam suggested using the MICAN Mobile Unit.  It was also suggested to have a FAFSA event at the Michigan Works office.
      • Dream Deferred Project
      • Michigan Works: Out of School Youth Program.
      • FAFSA Training
      • College Goal Sunday-February 9th
      • Heartlands Institute of Technology Open House-March 6th

VI.  Discussion Items

  • Review MICAN Data – to be discussed at next meeting
  • Review MICAN Goals – to be discussed at next meeting

VI.    Other Business

  • National Student Clearinghouse – to be discussed at next meeting

VII.   Adjourn

Next Meeting:  3pm, Monday, February 10, 2014, Montcalm Area ISD