C-A students get ready for college

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth High School, along with nearly 200 other high schools statewide, will participate in the third annual Michigan College Application Week November 4 – 8.

The goal is to give every graduating senior the opportunity to apply to college, according to a press rellease from Peggy Simpson, C-A’s new Local College Access Network Coordinator. Michigan College Application Week is sponsored by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN).

During this event, students may apply to any of Michigan’s community colleges, independent colleges and universities, and state universities in which they are interested.

Counselors and staff at Carman Ainsworth and represenatives from local colleges will work with seniors, in the High School Career Center to help them complete and submit online at least one college application.

Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 4, 6 and 8 and from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Nancy Galassini, College Application Week event Site Coordinator for Carman Ainsworth, expects more than 100 seniors to participate. Representatives will be on hand from Baker College, the Universtiy of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College.

Last year, 73 high schools participated in Michigan, helping seniors complete more than 8,500 applications.

The Local College Access Network (LCAN) is part of an initiative to create a “college going” mindset, Simpson said.

CA is one of 50 Local College Access Networks statewide. In each community, leaders in education, the nonprofit sector, business, government and philanthropy work together to design a local strategy – targeting low-income students, first-generation students and students of color – to foster a college-going culture and increase the college readiness, participation and completion rates. LCAN at Carman Ainsworth is funded through a grant from MCAN.

Simpson’s job is to implement resources throughout the school district to encourage students to develop posthigh school plans not necessarily limited to college. Student goals can include learning a trade, joining the military or earning a certification, Simpson said.

At the middle school level, she is working to set up college tours for 8th grade students to “plant the seeds” earlier in the academic career about the importance of planning to go to college or setting other career goals for after high school.

It is also Simpson’s job to find funding for these various projects, she said.

Prior to joining LCAN, Simpson worked at Kettering University in Corporate Relations helping companies and students build co-op work experience and in Corporate and Foundation Relations where she met with companies, company foundations and private/family foundations to build support for pre-college programs and laboratory facilities.

MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. Michigan’s college attaintment rate recently increased to 36.8 percent of 25- to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree but still lags behind the national average of 38.7 percent.

For more information, visit www.micollegeaccess.org. For more information about College Application Week, contact Nancy Galassini, C-A Site Coordinator, at 810- 591-5509 or ngalassi@carman.k12.mi.us. Rhonda Sanders

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