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About College Completion Corps

MCAN's College Completion Corps trains and places 23 AmeriCorps members on partner college campuses across Michigan. As a Completion Coach, each full-time member serves a campus-defined cohort of 100-150 students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color, with a focus on college persistence and completion.

During the 2020-21 program year, the AmeriCorps members will collectively provide coaching to 2,500 community college students, resulting in 1,500 students who develop a college completion plan and 1,250 students who persist to the next year of coursework, transfer to a four-year institution, or complete a college credential. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 200 volunteers who will be engaged in episodic service opportunities that improve their connection to the campus community, enhancing their chance of success.

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Program and Member Activities

Completion Coaches advocate for students and foster connections, integrate into the campus support structure, and engage in data-informed monitoring to direct their outreach.

Together, coaches and students will:

  • Create a completion plan that will outline a strategy for FAFSA completion,
  • Identify a student's support team,
  • Structure a schedule for class attendance and coursework submission, and
  • Define a plan for course selection and registration for the next semesters.

It is estimated that Completion Coaches will engage with each student for 16 hours over the course of the academic year. These interactions will include one-on-one meetings to advance on benchmarks and address challenges that arise; group activities and meetings to boost sense of belonging and self-efficacy; and technology-based interaction (text, email and phone) to build focus on dates and deadlines.  

Each member is also responsible for tracking the engagement of at least 10 student volunteers, participating in either National Days of Service or campus-sponsored service activities.

Program Sponsors


Please direct questions to Trisha Caldwell, program director of College Completion Corps.

30 Completion Coaches
25 College Sites
2,500 Goal: Students Served