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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:

Participating in:
Michigan College Application Week
Michigan College Cash Campaign
Michigan College Decision Day

Campus Visits
Job Shadowing
Mentoring

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

Loading up the buses and crossing “The Mighty Mac”

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Campus Visit to Central Michigan University

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Campus Visit to Lake Superior State University

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Campus Visit to Saginaw Valley State University

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Campus Visit to Ferris State University

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One of the highlights of ALL of the trips-LUNCH!

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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:

  • Alpena Community College-Medical and Health Programs
  • Alpena Community College- Technical Programs
  • Alpena Community College-Business, Computer and Criminal Justice Programs
  • Alpena Community College-Liberal Arts and Transfer Programs
  • Baker College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Delta College
  • Ferris State University
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan
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    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

     

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    Staff

    Our Staff

    Staff Bio

    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 Jon Lockwood as our MCAN AdviseMI college adviser.

     

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    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

    John Lockwood

    “As the AdviseMI college adviser responsible for Alpena High School and ACES academy, allow me to say how grateful I am to have the opportunity to give back both to my alma mater and my home community. The program, AdviseMI, was created by the Michigan College Access Network to embed near-peer college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low–income/first generation college-going students.
    MCAN believes college (as defined as any post high school credential) is for everyone, a necessity, and a public good. I serve as a resource for parents, students, and staff alike in the multiple steps of the college application process. Some of these steps include filing FAFSA, completing applications, obtaining fee waivers, etc. The Michigan College Access Network programs I will be facilitating this year are College Application week (Oct. 26-30th), College Cash Campaign (Feb 1st-April 30th), and College Decision Day (May 1st). To help students decide on potential secondary intuitions to apply to, Alicia Tessmer and I have scheduled sixteen institutions to visit Alpena High School. Also, AHS has again committed to hosting the MACRO college night (Oct. 8th) for our region.
    However, as we are all well aware, finding one’s way to college and a career is not always done in the classroom. That is why I’m currently assisting in running the Job Shadow program at Alpena High School for juniors and seniors. If the program see’s positive results the same framework will be established at ACES academy.”

    Our Board

    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

     

    Community Endorsements

    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
    AMA-ESD
    Target Alpena
    Alpena Regional Medical Center

     

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    Financial Aid

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    Federal Student Aid


    Apart of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.

    https://fafsa.ed.gov/

    College Board


    We’re a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Our mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.  http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/college-affordability-financial-aid/college-affordable

    Adventures In Education


    TG’s Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. AIE promotes a better tomorrow by preparing students and families for the adventure today.
    http://www.aie.org/

    Financial Aid Night At AHS


    Thursday financial aid counselors from ACC and Director Rob Roose will hold a forum for any one wishing to receive more information regarding FAFSA forms.
    http://www.wbkb11.com/news/local/3786-financial-aid-night-at-ahs

    Federal Student Aid


    We are a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams
    http://studentaid.ed.gov/

    Career and College Resources

    2015 Most Affordable Colleges in Michigan

    Based on research that includes average financial aid packages awarded, the student’s ability to pay back student loans, and graduation rates, there are 14 colleges and universities in Michigan that made the list compiled by an independent research group.

    http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/schools/michigan/

    College Affordability Guide

    This guide offers advice on how to reduce the cost of getting a degree.

    http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/

    Support for First Generation College Students

    I’m First is an online community celebrating first-generation college students.

    http://www.imfirst.org/

    Bridge Q&A: Michigan needs more college graduates to attract good jobs

    Bridge: Michigan lost a higher percentage of jobs in the recession than other states, and Michigan is projected to gain fewer jobs than 48 states in the next decade. What’s going on here?

    http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2013/12/bridge_qa_michigan_needs_more.html#incart_river

    Alliance for Excellent Education

    If the high school students who dropped out of the Class of 2011 had graduated, the nation’s economy would likely have benefitted from nearly $154 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes, according to the Alliance’s issue brief, The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools.

    http://all4ed.org/reports-factsheets/the-high-cost-of-high-school-dropouts-what-the-nation-pays-for-inadequate-high-schools/

    Superintendent’s Dropout Challenge

    Identify 10-15 students in every elementary, middle and high school who are nearing or in a transition year with multiple dropout risk factors and provide research-based supports and interventions ANNUAL IMPACT 37,000—55,500 STUDENTS

    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Challenge_Flyer7.01.09_final_284453_7.pdf

    OECD Skills Outlook 2013

    This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

    http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html

    Top-Paying Jobs

    Surgeons take home a median $288,000 in salary and bonus annually. What other great careers from CNNMoney and PayScale.com’s list of Best Jobs in America offer hefty paychecks?

    http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/jobs/2013/11/13/top-paying-jobs/index.html

    Michigan Career College Ready

    Students that 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.

    http://www.michiganccr.org/

    Discover E

    We help unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. Why? They will increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers.

    http://www.discovere.org/

    Career Cruising

    At Career Cruising, we are dedicated to creating innovative products capable of engaging and inspiring people of all ages to achieve their full potential in school, career and life.
    That’s the promise we make to everyone who uses our products every day. That’s the promise we’re prepared to make, right now, to you.

    http://public.careercruising.com/us/en

    Career Ready Practices

    The Career Ready Practices component of the CCTC provides a framework for the developmental experiences necessary to becoming career ready; experiences that can be “practiced” using many different approaches in a variety of settings. A student refines these practices throughout their full continuum of learning: through their journey in school, college, the workforce and when they return to advance their education.

    http://www.careertech.org/career-technical-education/cctc/careerreadypractices.html

    Pure Michigan Talent Connect

    A collaborative effort of the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – is your launch pad for new jobs, careers and talent. It is an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce. Pure Michigan Talent Connect serves as the state’s labor exchange system.

    http://www.mitalent.org/career-jump-start/

    TRiO Talent Search programs at Alpena Community College

    TRiO Talent Search programs at Alpena Community College are college access programs funded by the US Department of Education designed to help 6th -12th grader in successfully completing high school, secure financial aid and enroll and complete a post-secondary educational program. Services are provided in the following targeted school districts (South Grant) Au-Gres, Alcona, Tawas, Whittemore, Hale, Oscoda, Fairview, and Mio.( North Grant) Alpena, Hillman, Atlanta, Jo-berg, Posen, Onaway, Rogers City, and Cheboygan. 1200 plus students from these schools participate each year.

    http://www.acctalentsearch.com/

     

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