The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced a $1.35 million grant to the Michigan College Access Network in support of the organization's work to boost the number of students who pursue and succeed in postsecondary education.
Founded in 2010, MCAN works to increase college preparedness, access, participation, and completion rates for Michigan residents, with a focus on traditionally underrepresented populations, including minority, first-generation, and low-income students. According to the foundation, only 35.7 percent of working-age Michiganders in 2008 had at least an associate's degree. Although the rate has improved to 45 percent, it is still below the U.S. average of 47.6 percent.
"There is no question that MCAN's strategic efforts to expand college access and success throughout the state have helped boost Michigan's postsecondary attainment rate," said Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director of the foundation’s education program. "MCAN is an outstanding organization and we're proud to invest in its dynamic statewide efforts on behalf of all students."