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We are building a strong network of people who are committed to providing equitable access to a life of options, rather than limitations, for all Minnesotans. Join us today!

A Call for College Ready Grant Applications!
“Too many students from traditionally underserved backgrounds become trapped in several semesters of remedial courses, depleting their financial aid to essentially take high school-level classes at college prices,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “More often than not, these students leave college without ever earning the degrees that have the power to transform their lives.” Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is now accepting applications for 2014-2015 College Ready grants. Eligible to apply are Minnesota programs that provide high school juniors and seniors and adult learners with tutoring, mentoring, and access to skill-building readiness activities to prepare them to be placed in and pass college-level math and English.

EduCash Program
This year, EduGuide’s EduCash Program helped low-income schools in 26 states achieve a 64% average FAFSA completion rate this year. EduGuide worked with the staff at each school to develop its own campaign strategy. It also provided 7 webinars, individualized coaching, online mentoring, and best practices they could implement. EduGuide’s EduCash Program will help create a college-going and career ready culture in the schools. Nine-out- of-ten students, who complete the FAFSA, go on to college. Many schools used EduGuide’s advice to involve the whole student body in the campaign so everyone would know that filing a FAFSA is a great start on how to pay for college.

U.S. Congress Fails to Stop Student Loan Rates From Rising
U.S. Congress failed to serve low to moderate income students when it Missed the Deadline to Stop Student Loan Rates from Rising. This will only make college less accessible to low and middle income students, many of them students of color!

2014 College Connector Certification
ColConLogo_4Congratulations to our 2013 College Connector Certification Teams! These teams spent six months working on college readiness, access and success plans for their sites.Their graduation celebration was on June 18, 2013
  • Southwest MN Private Industry Council
  • ISD 622 (North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale)
  • Saint Paul Public Schools Office of College and Career Readiness
  • Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment - Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL)
  • Upward Bound-Anoka Ramsey Community College
  •  Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of MN
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys
  • District 196 Integration and Educational Equity-Cultural Family Advocates (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan)

It's Time to Start Thinking about Summer!

We have three ways to help you reach low-income, students of color and American Indian students with summer enrichment! Our 2014 Academic Enrichment Guide is the perfect resource to find summer enrichment programs for students of all ages and interests. It's never too early to start preparing for college! List your program in our upcoming guide.

MCAN Networking Breakfast
imagesEach month MCAN will hosts informal networking session so people can meet, greet and share their work. Our next event will be: Thursday Feb 27, 2014 10:00 - 11:30 am Higher Ground Academy-1381 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
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