Help Us Grow

Dear Friends and Supporters of Montcalm and Ionia County Students,

In 2010, the Montcalm Intermediate School District, Montcalm Community College, and the Ionia Intermediate School District decided to merge their efforts to create a local college access network.  A group of community leaders met several times to design a model, finalize details, and build support for the Montcalm Ionia College Access Network (MICAN).  A start-up grant was awarded by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in the fall of 2010, and two part-time coordinators were hired.

MICAN has been created to advocate for college access and success in Montcalm and Ionia Counties.  However, a community initiative without community support is doomed to fail.  It is imperative that the citizens of our two counties become involved in the mission of MICAN – and an important mission it is. These two statistics illustrate why:

  • Only 10.8% of residents over age 25 have a college degree in Montcalm and Ionia Counties.
  • Of the 83 counties in Michigan, Ionia and Montcalm Counties are 68th and 70th respectively in terms of producing students who go on to post-secondary education.

Is this acceptable to you? According to the US Department of Labor, more than half of all the new jobs through 2014 will require more than a high school diploma. We want the members of our community to be able to take advantage of these new opportunities.

In addition to providing college access services to the students, parents, and the school communities of Montcalm and Ionia Counties, MICAN needs to be cognizant of future sustainability.  Changing the culture of a community takes resources.

Please consider a donation to this initiative to raise the level of education in our community. Together we must take bold action and challenge the citizens of our community to consider the importance of MICAN’s mission.  This needs to be accomplished to ensure not only the success of MICAN, but also the prosperity of our community now and into the future. Your support will help us do that.

For more information about our program or to find out how your generous gift would be used, please contact Michaela Cortese via our website, or at (616) 527-4900.