WE CAN! College, Career and Credentials Access Network

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Purpose and Background

The local Career and College Access Network - WE CAN! Newaygo County - is a collaborative effort aimed at increasing Newaygo County residents' post-secondary educational attainment to 60% by the year 2025. Currently, 23% of Newaygo County residents have begun or completed post-secondary education.

WE CAN! stands for preparing World-ready Employees through the College, Career, and Credentials Access Network.

As a network, we are dedicated to building a career-focused and college-going culture within our county.

WE CAN! defines “college” as the attainment of post-secondary credentials, including academic degrees, professional/technical certificates and other high-quality credentials.

Research has shown that post-secondary education attainment has many benefits including lower unemployment rates, higher voting rates, and lower poverty rates to mention a few.Those with a high quality degree or credential are more likely to earn higher wages than those who do not have education beyond high school.

WE CAN! is comprised of Action Teams and an Executive Team. The Action Teams consist of community leaders and individual stakeholders from various organizations such as businesses, post-secondary institutions, human service and non-profit organizations, religious affiliates, local government, school districts, etc. focused on addressing and removing the barriers that either hinder or keep individuals from attaining college degrees, training, or credentials.

Michigan State University College Advising Corps

Since the 2011-2012 academic year we have had three College Advisers serve all five of the public high schools in Newaygo County. College Advisers provide resources and information to students and families within the high schools. They are considered to be a programmatic branch of WE CAN! Newaygo County. 

College Advisers are recent MSU graduates that support students as they make the transition from high school to a post-secondary institution. Advisers work full time and focus on low-income and first generation college students by mentoring them through the complex steps toward post-secondary enrollment.   

2014-2015 College Advisers:

Alyse Nichols: Serving Fremont and Hesperia High Schools

Jodi Meyer: Serving Grant and White Cloud High Schools

Michelle Chavdar: Serving Newaygo High School

Lead Agency

NC RESA (Newaygo Co. Educational Service Agency)

Coordinator

Melissa Miller
WE CAN! Coordinator
NC RESA
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Meetings

The WE CAN! Executive Leadership Team meets quarterly.

Upcoming

  • 2014 College and Career Night Out - Save the date! Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    • Location: Fremont High School
  • College Application Week - November 3-7
    • Location: All Newaygo County High Schools
  • FAFSA Completion Events - Dates TBD
    • Location: All Newaygo County High Schools 
  • Michigan College Goal Event - Date TBD
    • Location: Newaygo County RESA