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When I first arrived at Eastpointe High School as an AdviseMI college adviser, I was determined to build a college-going culture. I now realize there was an over-emphasis on trying to change the culture without building relationships first.

Jahshua Smith, expansion coordinator for MCAN's AdviseMI program, hosted a panel discussion on Black students and higher education for Black History Month as part of a professional development day for AdviseMI college advisers.

Jayme Green, College Completion Corps program supervisor, reflects on how her desire to help others drove a decision to take a big risk and change careers.

AdviseMI adviser Ernesto Duran talks about taking students to Oakland University after a year of virtual college visits.

Growing up as a Hispanic American child, I did not even consider going to college. I can recall several friends talking about it and planning for it, but I always had the mindset that it was not meant for me.

Bill DeBaun from the National College Attainment Network shares ideas and strategies for connecting with higher education institutions throughout the school year.

Kiersten Nolan is an AmeriCorps VISTA who has been serving at MCAN since October 2020. As her service year comes to an end, we asked her to reflect on her time at MCAN and the projects she has worked on.

Oct. 1 looms large on the calendar of every college access and success professional in the United States. No, it’s not the date where they set their reminders to break out their Halloween decorations; it’s the date when the FAFSA opens.

Durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, rendimos homenaje a la historia, la cultura y las contribuciones de varios países Hispanos/Latinx. Me siento extremadamente honrada y agradecida de poder llamarme miembro de esta comunidad.

Pursuing a higher education is not an easy feat, even in the best conditions. Aside from the financial strain and academic challenges I faced, I vividly remember the fear of losing my identity in an attempt to be successful at Michigan State University.