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Source: U.S. Department of Education,

Urgency for Change:

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Next Generation of Talent:

The 21st Century global economy demands a workforce with an education beyond high school. By 2020, 70% of jobs in Michigan will require a formal education. In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and healthy community, Out-Wayne County school districts must ensure that 60% of residents will have a postsecondary degree or valuable credential by 2025.


The Wayne County College Access Network will mobilize local, regional, and national organizations and resources to:

  • Provide adequate educational support to all learners and create a college-going culture in all out- Wayne county schools.

  • Lower systematic barriers preventing students from pursuing education beyond high school.

  • Improve coordination of higher education access services, particularly to those who come from low-income families or who are first in their families seeking postsecondary attainment.


Our Goals

Goal #1: To achieve Goal 2025, a minimum of 2.5% yearly rate increase in out-Wayne County college enrollment will be necessary, along with additional support and resources for schools with college enrollment rates under 60%.

Action Steps:

  • Develop County-wide Events and Media Campaigns for major College Awareness Initiatives: College Cash Campaign/FAFSA, Decision Day and Career Day.

  • Advocate for MI Bright Future to connect students with employers for career exploration and work-based learning opportunities.

  • Partner with Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates to offer a variety of career exploration and job readiness programs for youth 14-24, both in-school and out-of-school.

  • Organize College/Talent Tours, College and Career Fairs, and College Awareness Day/Month Celebrations.

  • Use the Wayne County CAN Website to promote new educational programs, highlight job market trends, and to disseminate information on college support services and resources available to students and parents in the region.

Goal #2: Develop a sustainability plan to continue funding the LCAN Coordinator position and strengthen the Network.

Action Steps:

  • Partner with outside organizations and increase awareness of the Wayne County CAN initiatives and programs to create a college-going culture in the region, and to gain financial and logistic support.

  • Expand the Wayne County CAN Leadership Team to include a cross-sectional representation of high level professionals from local Schools, Banks, Major Employers/Manufacturers, and Municipalities.

  • Accomplish all requirements, complete and submit the MCAN Planning Grant Application.

  • Explore new funding opportunities, apply for Public Grants, and co-sponsor projects with local partners/United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Drives Degrees, etc.

Goal #3: Develop a marketing plan to promote the Wayne County College Access Network.

Action Steps:

  • Create promotional materials to create awareness of the network’s activities/campaigns, or to highlight major initiatives

  • Create the Wayne County CAN E-news Letter to post useful websites and articles, and to keep the out-Wayne County parents and students updated on the Wayne County CAN current initiatives and projects.

  • Increase our social media presence/Facebook Page/PSAs/Billboards