Michigan College Application Week helps students pursue higher education

Efforts such as College Application Week and programs like 4-H help students with the first steps towards higher education pursuit.

Michigan is a college-rich state with 93 colleges and universities. But, according to 2012 Census figures, only 37.4 percent of Michigan’s working-age adults (25-64 years old) have an associate degree or higher. By 2018, 62 percent of available jobs in Michigan are expected to require education beyond high school. But, if Michigan continues on its current path, it’s projected that by the year 2025, only 43 percent of Michiganians will have a post-secondary degree or credential.

To help encourage an educational desire, Michigan College Application Week will be held November 3-7. College Application Week is part of a national effort to help high school seniors navigate through the college admissions process and ensure that each participating student submits at least one admissions application. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to college. College Application Week helps students identify the best college fit for their aspirations, academic aptitude, and career ambitions. This week opens the door for hesitant high school seniors by encouraging them to take a significant step toward college. The program also breaks down the application process by helping secure all the required information, transcript submission, and payment process or fee waivers. 

Nearly 300 public high schools across the state are serving as host sites this year. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) serves as the coordinating agency for the Michigan campaign. MCAN also serves as the lead implementation partner on projects such as KnowHow2GOMichigan, a public awareness campaign encouraging young people to take the necessary steps to go to college, and the Michigan College Access Portal, a one-stop-shop web portal for students and their families to plan, apply to and pay for college. MCAN works with partner organizations to help Michigan reach Goal 2025 – a goal set forth by the Lumina Foundation to have the entire American population reach a 60 percent higher education attainment level by 2025.

Youth need opportunity to develop confidence, hear the message, “you’ve got what it takes to succeed,” envision a successful future and have the support to make their dreams a reality. Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H program provides just that! Through 4-H, youth from across the state are provided informal educational opportunities to help them gain skills that assist them academically and socially in college and life as an adult. Finally, with more than 20,000 4-H volunteers across the state as well as professional staff, youth are provided hands-on guidance, real-world experience, and positive role models who help to build their confidence and ignite their dreams for the future.

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