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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 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 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 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.   

2017-2018 College Advisers:

Giovanny Balcarcel: Serving Grant High School

Katie Grenan: Serving Fremont High School

Kennisha Williams: Serving White Cloud High School

Madeline Roman: Serving Newaygo High School

Michael Kabbash: Serving Hesperia High School


Melissa Miller
Student Advancement Consultant
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(231) 924-8857


The WE CAN! Executive Team meets quarterly.


  • 2017 College and Career Night Out: Tursday, September 28th, 2017
    • Location: Fremont High School


  • Michigan College Month - Month of October
    • Location: All Newaygo County High Schools


  • FAFSA Completion Events - Dates TBD
    • Location: All Newaygo County High Schools


  • Decision Day Events - During the Month of May, Dates TBD 
    • Location: Newaygo County RESA