Alpena Career and College Access Network (ACCAN) 8th grade Campus Visits
Every eighth grader at Alpena Public Schools will go on a campus visit to a 4 year university.
Watch the video below to learn more about these trips.
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Alpena Career and College Access Network (ACCAN)
ACCAN – a partnership between the school district and the community.
The goal is to produce students that are financially, academically and socially prepared for post-secondary education and training, while developing a culture that recognizes these are a necessity for future economic growth in our community.
What we are doing at the high school level:
Michigan College Application Week
Michigan College Cash Campaign
Michigan College Decision Day
Students who are Career and College ready:
Use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
Use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
Communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
Solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions
Why Career & College Ready?
9 out of 10 jobs require education beyond high school.
33% of Michigan’s high school graduates enrolled in the state’s public colleges (including research, state colleges, universities and two-year colleges) require remediation/learning support upon entry.
Students who complete a bachelor’s degree will earn more than $2.5 million dollars more than students who do not earn a diploma.
The Urgent Situation in Alpena County
Only 15.5% have a college degree (Michigan average is 25%, National average is 27.9%)
The average income is $36,289 (Michigan average is $45,354, National average is $51,144)
College Trips for Our 8th graders
MCAN Reach Higher Grant
Alpena High School and ACES Academy were both awarded a MCAN Reach Higher Grant to enable high school students to visit four year university and college campuses.
High School students at Alpena High School and ACES Academy have had the opportunity to visit:
What does it mean to be Career & College-Ready?
Career & college-ready students possess the skills necessary to earn a self-sustaining wage and participate in postsecondary opportunities without remediation. This means that they:
1. Use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
2. Use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
4. Solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions
Ashley Popp, a recent graduate from Central Michigan University, is serving as the new AdviseMI College Adviser at Alpena High School for the 2016-2017 academic year. The AdviseMI program, created by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), embeds near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first generation college-going students. MCAN believes college (defined as any post-secondary degree or certification) is for everyone, a necessity, and a public good.
As the AdviseMI College Adviser, Ashley is a resource to both students and parents as they navigate the complex college application and admissions process. She is excited to help AHS students explore different college options through campus trips, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), secure financial aid, and enroll in college.
MCAN has declared October Michigan College Month with a goal of every graduating senior submitting at least one college application, applying for at least one scholarship, and filing the FAFSA by the end of October. Ashley will be facilitating College Application Week (October 24-28) to help seniors complete these three key steps towards college enrollment, and meeting with seniors one-on-one for the remainder of the school year.
Ashley graduated from CMU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. During her time at CMU, she was involved with the Chippewa Marching Band, Honors Program, Lunch Buddies, and Alternative Breaks. She also enjoyed working one-on-one with her fellow students as a biology and chemistry tutor, and led Zumba group fitness classes at the Student Activity Center. Ashley is happy to talk about these experiences and others with interested AHS students or their parents!
Parents and students can reach Ashley with any questions by calling (989) 358-5243, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting her in the AHS Media Center.
The Alpena Career and College Access Network grant project is being managed by coordinator Darrin Lightner with Alpena Public Schools acting as the fiscal management agency. We are pleased to announce the addition of Ashley Popp as our MCAN AdviseMI college adviser.
“Hello, future college student! My name is Ashley Popp. I am the new AdviseMI college adviser at Alpena High School and ACES Academy, and I am excited to meet all of you in the coming weeks! I grew up in Bay City, and went to college at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.
I chose CMU for two reasons: 1) CMU offers many scholarships which helped lower the cost of college for my family, and 2) I was able to play my clarinet in the Chippewa Marching Band! It was also close to home, which was important to me because I could have an independent college experience and still maintain close relationships with my parents and younger sister, Heather.
During my time at CMU, I was involved with lots of different organizations and programs, including the Chippewa Marching Band, Honors Program, Lunch Buddies, Alternative Breaks, and teaching group fitness. I also loved working one-on-one with students as a biology and chemistry tutor!
Now, I am a proud CMU alumnus and looking forward to helping all of you determine where you will be headed after AHS. Navigating the college application process is stressful, which is why I’m here to help! My job is to be a resource as you explore different colleges, complete your applications, apply for scholarships, submit your FAFSA, and more! Stop by the library to tell me about yourself and your college plans!”
Darrin Lightner has 27 years of experience as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and athletic director and now takes on the duties of Alpena CCAN Coordinator. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Guidance & Counseling from Central Michigan University as well as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification in the State of Michigan. Mr. Lightner is also a graduate of Alpena High School and Alpena Community College and loves living in Northeast Michigan with his wife Mary. They have two children currently attending college. Darrin looks forward to assisting students in Alpena learn more about post-secondary opportunities and helping to prepare them as highly-skilled in their areas of interest
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors provide leadership, oversight, and accountability to this project.
Michelle Cornish – ACES Academy Principal
Barbara Frantz – Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan
Ken Gembel – Community Member
Jackie Krawczak – Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, APS Board of Education
Mike Kollien – Alpena Community College
Joyce McCoy – Director of Secondary Education- Alpena Public Schools
Matt Poli – Alpena High School Principal
This project received endorsements from the following organizations:
Alpena County Prosecutors Office
United Way of Northeast Michigan
Alcona, Montmorency, Alpena Counties Department of Human Services
Family Division of the 26th Circuit Court
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
City of Alpena
Boys and Girls Club of Alpena
Alpena Public Schools
Alpena Community College
Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
Educational Talent Search
Alpena Regional Medical Center
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