Blue Water College Access Network

St. Clair County's College Resource | October 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 Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at

Our College Stories

How do you plan, prepare, and pay for college? Local grads will tell you how!

Beginning this month, St. Clair County graduates will share their personal college-going stories, along with tips for getting to and going through college, including candid details of the ups and downs along the way. Meet local grads with very different stories to tell of how they each made it to college - through poverty, divorce, challenging academics, and more. Be sure to follow @BlueWaterCAN on Facebook and Twitter for the latest college story as it's shared.

In this month's newsletter, we introduce Lizzie Ling and listen to grads share the reasons they chose to go to college.

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Deschalyn Riase's College Story
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What advice would you give to high school students?

Fall Webinar Series

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Upcoming Webinar for Parents

Live FAFSA Completion Workshop | Thursday, Nov. 4 • 6–8 p.m.

Complete your FAFSA application. Financial aid professionals and college advisers will provide one-on-one virtual assistance in private sessions.

Because this event is intended for parents, there will not be a scholarship drawing at the conclusion of the event

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Planning Checklist for the Class of 2022

The fall of your senior year is an important time in the career and college planning timeline. This checklist includes key tasks to complete over the next several months to help you stay on point with your post-high school graduation goals. Did you miss last week's Senior Year Planning webinar? View the recording below or at:

Senior Year Planning


October is College Month in Michigan

Michigan College Month Video by Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Scholarship Available for High School Seniors

St. Clair County Association of School Boards (SCCASB) is once again offering three $1000 Scholarships to three deserving high school seniors. These are competitive scholarships that will be awarded countywide. Any graduating senior student attending a high school or alternative high school in any of the seven local districts are eligible to apply.


View Class of 2021 scholarship winners here.

Colleges with Free Applications 2021-22

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has compiled a list of Michigan colleges with no application fee during the 2021-22 school year. In addition, they have a list of colleges with no fee during Michigan College Month in October 2021.
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Schedule a visit or tour at SC4

St. Clair County Community College is excited to schedule admissions visits and tours for the 21/22 school year! If you would like to schedule a time for our team to share information with your students about SC4 please email our Admissions office at or call us at 810-989-5571. We look forward to talking with you!

Winter Enrollment Opens November 1st

Current students can search for all courses and sections at They can register and pay for classes online in the SC4 Portal at

For more information, contact Enrollment Services at or (810) 989-5500.

Counselor Corner

Each month, counselors can find current college and career counseling information and professional learning opportunities in the Counselor Corner section of the BWCAN newsletter. A running compilation of opportunities can also be found on the Counselors page at
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As part of Michigan College Month and back by popular demand, MCAN is hosting a webinar series with admissions representatives from four-year colleges across the state. Beginning Oct. 15, presenters will share their institutions' current admissions policies and practices, including testing requirements, scholarship eligibility, application deadlines, and more.

Participating schools (subject to change):

  • Albion College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kettering University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Tech University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

All webinars will be submitted for one SCECH in college preparation and selection. Additional details will be provided as sessions are submitted and approved by MDE.

For current information about admissions practices and policies, visit MCAN's Michigan Institution Updates resource.


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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.


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Roadmap to Opportunity: Stackable Pathways

Learn about stackable academic programs that lead to careers in high-demand fields. This webinar series features representatives from several community colleges discussing their institutions' stackable programs, while also covering the admissions process and certificate programs.
Dates: Throughout September
Times: 10-11 a.m.
SCECHs: Each webinar may be eligible for one SCECH in career exploration.

View webinar dates and register →

College Bound Michigan

Register soon for timely access to resources!

Don't forget to register for College Bound Michigan, a suite of initiatives that includes Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign, and College Decision Day. Registrants gain access to grant opportunities, cash incentives, promotional materials, toolkits, and more.

Register for CBMI 2021-22 →

Contact Nick Beaudry, Supervisor of Career and College Programs, St. Clair County RESA

Blue Water College Access Network

For more college-going information, resources, and events, visit the BWCAN website.