Blue Water College Access Network
St. Clair County's College Resource | December 2021
College Knowledge for EVERYONE
Welcome to your resource for planning, preparing, and going to college after high school. Blue Water College Access Network is here to provide information and opportunities that will ensure you graduate confidently prepared, with plans for career and college beyond high school. Whether you choose to go on to earn a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or an industry credential, we can help you get there!
Each month, we will publish a newsletter to keep you on track, informed, and engaged in college activities provided by organizations across the county. To subscribe to the newsletter, submit your email address using this form. Past editions of the newsletter can be found at bwcan.org. Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at email@example.com.
Our College Stories
How do you plan, prepare, and pay for college? Local grads will tell you how!
In this month's newsletter, we introduce Jeremy Lippitt and listen to grads talk about the people who helped them prepare for college.
Fall Webinar Series
College Advisers are Here to Help
December is Career Exploration Month
Top 50 Careers
Explore Michigan's Top 50 high-demand, high-wage careers that show a favorable mix of long-term job growth, projected annual job openings, and median wages with Pathfinder. Follow your path through career fields and colleges choices while you explore.
Pay For Future Tuition at Today's Price with the Michigan Education Trust
OPEN A NEW MET IN DECEMBER AND GET A $150 MATCH!
The Michigan Education Trust (MET) is here to help make saving for college easier. Avoid rising tuition rates and save on college tuition by buying college credits at today's price with a MET 529 prepaid tuition savings program. To help families start saving earlier for their child's future education, we are returning to a discounted, age-based pricing structure for the first time in more than a decade. Switching to a discounted, age-based pricing structure--as opposed to charging one price across all ages--means families will realize significant savings the earlier they start saving with MET.
In addition to the new pricing structure, MET is waiving its $25 online enrollment fee and offering a $150 match for new Beneficiaries when you use coupon code HOLIDAY21 during the month of December when you enroll online*.
Enrollment is open through September 30, 2022.
MCAN Launches Michigan ECHO Scholarship
Inspired by the Futures for Frontliners scholarship program, MCAN is proud to announce the Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship. The MI ECHO scholarship provides a tuition-free pathway to an associate degree or certificate for frontline workers who are excluded from most traditional federal financial aid. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who are:
Scholarship Available for High School Seniors
View Class of 2021 scholarship winners here.
Colleges with Free Applications 2021-22
Military Career Course - Michigan Department of Education
Explore Military Career Options
Are you interested in learning about the career opportunities for students who are considering joining the military? Earn 5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) by exploring Military Career options! Visit Military Course Directions (michigan.gov) for further details!
Xello and MCAN Professional Development Webinar Series
Michigan College Access Network is proud to partner with Xello to host a new series of professional development webinars for K-12 educators in Michigan. Together with Xello, a modern college, career, and future readiness software, we are excited to offer this opportunity to our network.
Starting in October, we will be co-hosting a free 8-part monthly webinar series that will focus on timely topics like how to address disrupted learning and how to use your limited time to best serve students applying for college. You don't need to commit to the whole series; register for the topics that fit your interests and schedule. Earn SCECHs while learning how to use Xello to meet Michigan's Career Development Program requirements and help your students build their Educational Development Plans.
REGISTRATION OPEN: Foundations of Equity in College and Career Counseling
Registration is now open for the Winter 2022 session of the Foundations of Equity in College and Career Counseling course. Designed with school counselors in mind, participants will build upon their knowledge of equity-centered counseling and advising practices that support student postsecondary exploration, planning, enrollment, and persistence.
The Foundations of Equity in College and Career Counseling course will run Jan. 19-May 6 and include five virtual sessions, which are held monthly. The online course will be co-hosted by MCAN and San Diego State University. Dr. Laura Owen, school counselor educator and director of the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University, will serve as the facilitator.
For the Winter 2022 course, we anticipate 30 SCECHs will be awarded to individuals who complete the entire course, including participation in all virtual sessions. Of those 30 hours, 15 will fall under the college preparation and selection category, and 15 will fall under the career exploration category.
Registration for the Winter 2022 section of this course is now open, and applications will be accepted through Dec. 17. Participants will receive a $250 scholarship to complete the course at no cost. The course is open to all school counselors, college and career advisers, and educators. However, a limited number of seats are available, and priority consideration will be granted to school counselors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kiersten Nolan, strategy assistant for high school innovation, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 517-896-1678. We hope to see you online!
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