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The listing below is in order from newest to oldest webinar presentations.

Get Schooled: Supporting Every Student's Postsecondary Goals

Recorded: Jan. 19

Presenters: Danielle Gunder, senior program manager — college access and persistence, Get Schooled and Jackie Ivy, senior program manager — jobs & careers, Get Schooled  

Get Schooled is America’s only free, all-digital, college and first-jobs counseling platform. This webinar will provide information about Get Schooled digital college and job resource packages that are designed to support counselors and students during these difficult times. Get Schooled offers compelling, research-based content to high school and college-age youth, with a focus on supporting BIPOC, immigrant, first-generation, and low-income youth.

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MI Student Aid Counselor Training

Recorded: Dec. 7 and Dec. 8

Presenters: Chad Sommerville and Emily Hurtado-Arboleda from Michigan Student Scholarships & Grants (MiSSG)

As you work to support your students through FAFSA completion and understand their financial aid, we want to make sure that you are as up-to-date as possible on the MI Student Aid Programs, tools, and resources. This webinar presented an update on the Governor's FAFSA Challenge, State Aid Program updates, recent changes to the Tuition Incentive Program, tips for navigating and  utilizing the MiSSG system, and outreach services and support. 

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Scholarship Resources

Recorded: Dec. 1 

Presenter: Jenny Chandler 

This webinar will provide insight into the college financial planning process, review the importance and ease of using a scholarship search engine, discuss the variety of scholarship resources, and offer key tips on applying for scholarships.  

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SCECH: This webinar is eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection. 


Updates on Michigan's Implementation of CLEP — for K-12 and Adult Learners

Recorded: Oct. 22, 2020

Presenters: Gini Beran, director of CLEP outreach and account management, The College Board; Geoff Clark, assessment coordinator, Utica Community Schools; Ted Gardella, executive director for Michigan, The College Board; and Kim Trent, deputy director, Prosperity, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

 In 2019, Michigan became one of the first states to support low-income students having access to the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Many high schools and ISD/RESAs have become test centers, increasing access to college credit opportunities for K-12 students. Innovative programs integrating CLEP into existing high school courses are securing positive results. Now, adult learners can also use CLEP exams to accelerate college credit and degree attainment, as part of the Governor’s 60% by 2030 initiative. Modern States Education Alliance has pledged to support 10,000 exams for Michigan adult learners with free online courses. The College Board team will provide updates and information so your school can take the next steps in providing your community access to this college credit opportunity.

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SCECH: Eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection.


Admissions Updates Webinar Series

Dates to be recorded: Oct. 19-Nov. 4

Presenters: Admissions representatives from Michigan public and private colleges and universities

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in almost every aspect of life, with college admissions being no exception. Join MCAN for a series of 25 webinars hosted by admissions staff from a variety of Michigan's public and private four-year institutions. Changes made to admissions policies and practices at each institution will be discussed, along with a general overview of the admissions process. Participating institutions will provide a 30-minute presentation packed with insider tips, and participants will have 30 minutes to ask questions.

SCECH: Each webinar may be eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection.

View webinar series recordings and take SCECH quizzes (available through January 2021)

Kickoff to College Bound Michigan 2020-21

Recorded: Sept. 24 , 2020

Presenter: Autumn Kearney, MCAN strategy manager for high school innovation 

Join MCAN as we kick off another year of College Bound Michigan! With rapid changes to the economy, the need for education post high school could not be clearer. CBMI is a suite of events that aim to support students as they prepare for postsecondary education in uncertain times. Applying to college is a lengthy process that ranges from keeping track of forms and deadlines to transitioning from a high school to a college campus. CBMI will provide you with resources and support to plan virtual or in-person events that help ensure college preparedness and success for your students. 

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SCECH: Eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection.


How COVID-19 is Changing Higher Education: A National Perspective
MTC Webinar

Recorded: Sept. 22, 2020

Presenter: Eric Hoover, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Eric Hoover, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, has reported extensively on how the pandemic is disrupting the path to and through college. He describes what he has learned about COVID-19's impact on admissions and enrollment processes, and standardized testing. He also discusses a forthcoming series of articles that examine how the crisis is intensifying college-access challenges throughout the nation.

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SCECH: Eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection.


Legislative Update with a Focus on Education

MTC Webinar 

Recorded: Sept. 9, 2020

Presenter: Rep. Scott VanSingel  

Representative Scott VanSingel of House District 100 will provide an update on recent legislation, committee sessions and other governmental updates. He also will share information about the latest developments related to education. VanSingel serves on the Appropriations committee. He is chairman of the Higher Education & Community Colleges Appropriations subcommittee.

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

Storytelling and the College Admission Essays 

Recorded: Sept. 1, 2020

Presenter: Carol Barash, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Story2 

The Story2 Moments Method® teaches students how to unlock the science of storytelling to write powerful and authentic college admission essays. In this webinar, educators learn how students can access StoryBuilder and other free resources to help students complete successful essays this year. 

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The Reckoning: A Policy Agenda for Higher Education

Recorded: Sept. 1, 2020

Presenter: Anthony Carnevale, Ph.D., research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce 

The Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in an economic crash, and the murder of George Floyd have laid bare the race and class injustice in American education and society. But for higher education Covid-19 is also a shock that lends strength to sweeping demographic, economic, and policy changes that were already underway and will only get stronger over the next decade. If left unattended Covid-19, in combination with trends already in place, will double down on the mutually reinforcing elitism in our education and economic regimes. Even before Covid-19 emerged, we were well past the point where higher education reform could be dismissed, put off for another day, carried out piecemeal, or merely discussed in the abstract. 

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SCECH: Eligible for one SCECH in college preparation and selection.


Reimagining Volunteerism and Service During COVID-19 Response and Recovery
MTC Webinar

Recorded: Aug. 26, 2020

Presenters: Ginna Holmes, executive director at the Michigan Community Service Commission; Shannon Zoet, program officer at the Michigan Community Service Commission

This webinar features a discussion about how volunteerism and national service can be reimagined in response to COVID-19, and what the future of service might look like. Learn about what the Michigan Community Service Commission is doing to coordinate critical relief efforts, how national service members are responding to needs, and what you can do to serve your community. 

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

Futures for Frontliners: What You Need to Know
MTC Webinar

Recorded: Aug. 18, 2020

Presenters: Ava Attari, data and policy fellow, University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab; Doug Ross, senior advisor to the governor for Michigan Prosperity

In April 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the "Futures for Frontliners" program which provides free tuition for essential workers without college degrees. Frontliners can apply starting in September and can start classes toward their certificate or associate degree in January 2021. Learn about who qualifies, how they can apply, when they can start classes, and other details. Be among the first to know and help thank the frontliners in your community. 

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

Welcome to MCAN's Impact Map!

Recorded: Aug. 12, 2020 

Presenters: Jordan Crandell, AmeriCorps VISTA; Chris Rutherford, Director of Community Mobilization Strategy; Jessica Soja, Strategy Manager, Community Mobilization Strategy 

MCAN has launched a new-and-improved Impact Map! This online tool aggregates data from five primary sources to offer insight about important college-going metrics and outcomes. Join MCAN staff for a live demonstration of the Impact Map and learn how using the site can help move the needle in Michigan towards Sixty by 30 .

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Serving the Adult Learner Population through Detroit Drives Degrees

MTC Webinar 

Recorded: Aug. 5, 2020  

Presenters: Michelle Cyrus, director of Adult College Completion at the Detroit Regional Chamber; Melanie D'Evelyn, director of Detroit Drives Degrees at the Detroit Regional Chamber; Christi Taylor, director of Programs and Employer Partnerships at the Detroit Regional Chamber

Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) is working to increase postsecondary attainment to 60% and reduce the racial equity by half by the year 2030. A primary audience for this work is the region’s adult learner population. D3 staff will talk about how they engage three key stakeholders – higher ed institutions, employers, and adult learners themselves – to increase postsecondary opportunity for Detroit’s adults and how others can get involved in this effort. 

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MTC Webinar #14
Philanthropy's Response During COVID-19

Description: Three panelists from philanthropic organizations will share insight about their responses to needs magnified by the global pandemic. They will share what they have seen, what they have done and what they are thinking about the future.

Presenters: Laura Heintzelman, president and CEO, Manistee County Community Foundation; Teresa Kmetz, president and CEO, Capital Area United Way; and David McGhee, vice president of organizational excellence and impact, the Skillman Foundation 

Recorded: June 24, 2020

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

MTC Series Webinar #13
Persistence During a Pandemic

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant impact and changes to students pursuing higher education. Baker College President Dr. Bart Daig discussed how colleges are removing barriers to help students begin and persist in pursuit of their degree. 

Presenter: Dr. Bart Daig, president, Baker College and MCAN Board of Directors member

Recorded: June 22, 2020

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

MTC Series Webinar #12
New Online Tools to Support College Access from the College Board

Description: This webinar featured a demonstration of the FAFSA assistance chatbot, an SMS-based tool that supports students completing FAFSA, in line with Governor Whitmer’s FAFSA challenge. The chatbot, which is currently available to all students through August 2020, is a feature of the College Board’s Opportunity Scholarships (CBOS) program — which rewards students for taking the key steps needed for college planning and admissions. Students in the class of 2021 who sign up for CBOS this summer can take several critical steps toward potentially qualifying for a $40,000 Complete your College Journey Scholarship.

Presenters: Neeta Sonalkar, director of access initiatives, College Board; Deven Comen, director of strategic partnerships, College Board

Recorded: June 16, 2020  

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MTC Series Webinar #11

COVID-19's Impact on Michigan's Community Colleges: A Perspective from Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink

Description: Community colleges serve a wide range of students in communities throughout Michigan. COVID-19 has impacted them in a variety of ways. Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, will share insight about how his campus has been responding in order to serve students. He will share a glimpse into what he sees transpiring on community college campuses now and into the fall semester. In addition, he will also speak about COVID-19 running parallel with the racial tensions that are occurring across the country.   

Presenter: Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College 

Recorded: June 9, 2020 

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Note: This webinar is no longer eligible for SCECHs.

MTC Series Webinar #10

The College Board Career Finder: Free Resource Through July 

Description: Designed to motivate, prepare, and expose students to career goals and information about education pathways, the new Career Finder begins in the College Board account, prompts students to answers a few simple questions and then empowers them to explore majors and careers that align with their personal interests and academic readiness by occupation from the SAT suite of assessments. Students will have access to information on almost 1,000 different careers and over 7,000 video interviews with successful professionals from all walks of life. Join us to learn more about this tool that is free to all students through the end of July.    

Presenter: Alison Danielson, senior director, College and Career Connections, the College Board   

Recorded: June 3, 2020  

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MTC Series Webinar #9

A Conversation with University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel 

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has presented major challenges to higher education and public research universities. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel will share what students may expect from a public health-informed semester and discuss how his training as an immunologist applies to the current crisis.  

Presenter: President Mark Schlissel, University of Michigan

 Recorded: May 27, 2020   

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MTC Series Webinar #8 

Fall 2020, Higher Education, and COVID-19: A Perspective from MSU President Samuel L. Stanley 

Description: Returning and future students are trying to make their Fall 2020 college enrollment plans, but the global pandemic is still affecting our world, including colleges and universities. Hear how colleges are preparing and planning to ensure that students can continue their education to earn their college degrees in Fall 2020. Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, president of Michigan State University, will offer insight as one example of the strategizing and responsiveness of Michigan's higher education institutions. 

Presenters: Dr. Samuel Stanley, president of Michigan State University; Rick Shipman, executive director of Financial Aid at Michigan State University 

Recorded: May 21, 2020

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Financial Aid: Road to Matriculation

Description: Gain insight into how financial aid processing is conducted to maximize resources for students. In this webinar, participants will learn how to assist and educate both students and families in making financial decisions; the indicators for successful post-graduation enrollment; how to build financial plans for college graduation attainment; and how to prepare students to be their own advocate after they have enrolled in postsecondary education.

Presenters: Onjila Odeneal, Create Educational Services LLC 

Recorded: May 20, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #7

Special Populations: Foster Youth, Undocumented Students, and First-Generation Students

Description: This webinar features insights about how to best support first-generation students, undocumented youth and foster youth during this global pandemic. You'll learn information about resources, tools and ways to advocate for these populations. This webinar includes three practitioners with experience working with these groups of students.

Presenters: Karie Ward, director, Fostering Success Michigan; Aura Cazares, Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success; Beth Brandon, IPASS coordinator

Recorded: May 20, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #6

Reimagining Volunteerism and Service During COVID-19 Response and Recovery

This webinar was postponed. Once it is rescheduled and conducted, the recording will appear here.

MTC Series Webinar #5

College Advising Hotline

Description: Students across the state of Michigan looking for assistance in navigating their college plans can call a free hotline for access to near-peer college advisers starting May 4! Come learn about this resource for high schoolers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is a partnership among MCAN, Michigan State University, and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Presenters: Melissa Steward, program director, AdviseMI and Trisha Caldwell, program director, Michigan State University College Advising Corps

Recorded: May 5, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #4

Feeling chatty? AI-powered Chatbots as Prom Dates and Navigators

Description: Join Wayne State University in this webinar to learn more about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbots to promote 24/7 educational engagement, access, and community support.

Presenters: Dawn Medley and Amanda Rosales, Wayne State University

Recorded: April 29, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #3

COVID-19 and students: What You Need to Know about the Financial Implications

Description: This webinar discusses the impact of COVID-19 on postsecondary students, and the flexibilities and waivers granted by the federal government to help both institutions and students through this difficult time. It also addresses the availability of emergency funds, verification relief, and professional judgment. Come with your questions!

Presenters: Megan McClean Coval, vice president of policy and federal relations, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA); Jill Desjean, policy analyst with NASFAA; and Lori Vedder (Moderator), director of financial aid at UM-Flint and past national chair of NASFAA’s Board of Directors.

Recorded: April 22, 2020

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MTC Series Webinar #2

State of Emergency Education Policy Updates from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Office

Description: Learn updates from the governor's executive office about the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 and higher education.

Presenters: Brandy Johnson, policy advisor for education & workforce, Executive Policy Office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Recorded: April 17, 2020

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Finding Scholarships

Description: Scholarships are playing an increasingly important role in paying for college. This webinar will highlight the value scholarships have in a student’s plan to pay for college, the types of scholarships available and resources for finding them as well as best practices and tips to share with your students on researching and applying for scholarships. 

Panelists: Jenny Chandler, Sallie Mae 

Recorded: April 14, 2020 

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MTC Series Webinar #1

The College Board

Description: Learn how high schools can use The College Board’s AP resources to provide learning continuity and preservation of college credit opportunities with online testing this year.

Presenter: Ted Gardella, The College Board

Recorded: April 9, 2020

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Innovative Career Pathways through National Service: The 'Tutor-to-Teacher' Pipeline

Description: A critical teacher shortage exists in Michigan due to plummeting enrollment rates in teacher preparation programs. Further, Michigan students are struggling to reach basic levels of literacy and math proficiency. To help tackle these problems, Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corps delivers the evidence-based Minnesota Reading and Math Corps models in schools across the state. MEC utilizes AmeriCorps members as interventionists to deliver research-based interventions to students age 3 to grade 8. Through the MEC experience, all interventionists are highly trained, receive on-going instructional coaching, are paid, and can access the Segal Education Award and other benefits.

This presentation will discuss how collaboration between MEC, Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Excellence and higher education partners like Davenport University’s College of Urban Education has resulted in an innovative effort to help address the teacher shortage by creating a “tutor-to-teacher” pipeline that benefits schools, individuals who are exploring careers in education and higher education institutions.

Presenters: Holly Windram, Ph.D, Michigan Education Corps; Susan Gunn, Ph.D, Davenport University; Ariel DuVal-Zinn, Michigan Education Corps

Recorded: March 12, 2020

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Imaginative Ways to Pursue Dual Enrollment While Removing Barriers

Description: The number of ways that high school students can take college classes has exploded in the past few years. This session will describe ways that Western Michigan University has partnered with local (and not so local) schools to offer high school students college classes. Then, participants and the presenters will discuss the barriers that students have to dual enrolling. Solutions will be presented for the common barriers.

Presenters: Kelly Schultz and Chuck Pearson, Western Michigan University

Recorded: March 10, 2020 

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Jackson County Employability PACT - Credentialing Soft Skills

Description: The data from the past decade has shown a steep decline in Michigan's talent pool, which has become one of the greatest economic threats in our state. As we develop solutions to this problem, we must share a common agenda to make a collective impact around college and career readiness. This webinar will highlight the need for employ ability skills as the foundation for college and career preparation activities and will demonstrate the need for these skills to be taught as part of a general education curriculum. Through this webinar, participants will learn steps to seamlessly implement this program and the positive influence on college-going culture on a county level. 

Presenter: Cari Bushinski

Recorded: Feb. 4, 2020

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