Kresge Foundation grants $1.1 M to boost college enrollment

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Efforts to improve the number of Michigan residents either entering or already in colleges are getting a boost today.

The Kresge Foundation has approved a $1.1 million grant for the Michigan College Access Network that will support programs through September 2017.

One of those programs is the popular AdviseMI effort that connects high school students with college advisors that will help guide the students through the process of exploring college options.

“We are honored The Kresge Foundation recognizes and believes in our core mission to increase the number of students pursuing higher education in Michigan,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director.

MCAN develops local college access networks in communities across Michigan. Those networks bring together organizations from government, nonprofits, K-12 and higher education to raise the number of people enrolling in postsecondary education.

Nationwide 40 percent of the population has at least an associate’s degree. In Michigan the average is 38.4 percent. MCAN’s goal is to raise the postsecondary education rate to 60 percent by the year 2015.

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