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Reaching Higher:  Michigan’s College Access Movement (Grand Rapids)

May 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 70% of all Michigan jobs will require formal postsecondary education by the year 2020. Currently only 43.3% of Michigan working-aged adults have attained a college degree or postsecondary certificate. Michigan College Access Network is a statewide intermediary organization that supports strategies to increase college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates, especially among low-income students, first generation college-going students, and students of color. This lecture will provide data on Michigan’s talent crisis and showcase strategies that are currently being implemented to boost Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate. Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Brandy Johnson

Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network

Before joining MCAN (Michigan College Access Network) as its founding executive director in 2010, Brandy served in the Governor’s Office as college access coordinator. In this capacity, she coordinated the state’s college access and success agenda and advised Governor Granholm on postsecondary education policy issues. Brandy hails from Phoenix, Arizona and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a concentration in public policy advocacy from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, she served as a Teach for America corps member and taught third grade in a low-income neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brandy relocated to Michigan in 2007 and received a Master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. More recently, Brandy was named the 2013 Michigan Champion for Children by the Michigan Association of School Administrators and in 2014 she received the National College Access Network’s Executive Leader of Excellence Award. Follow @MCANBrandy on Twitter!