Blue Water College Access Network
St. Clair County's College Resource | September 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 Lizzie Ling and listen to grads share the reasons they chose to go to college.
Fall Webinar Series
September is College Savings Month
- General information about college savings plans
- Information about 529 plans or here
- Information about 529 plans in Michigan
- Michigan Education Trust (MET)
- Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)
MORE ABOUT MET PLANS
Administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury, MET is the state’s prepaid education savings program that lets users pay today’s prices for future education costs. Signed into law in 1986, it was the first prepaid education savings program in the nation.
There are three types of MET plans: the full benefits plan, the limited benefits plan and the community college plan. Families can purchase one plan or mix and match options.
MET benefits can be used for postsecondary education at universities, colleges and technical schools. If a child chooses to attend a private Michigan school or out-of-state college or university, funds can be directed to that institution. MET benefits may also be transferred to other eligible family members and are refundable if the student does not attend college.
Parents, grandparents or other family and friends can make MET contributions on behalf of beneficiaries. MET has flexible and convenient payment options that allow purchasers to pay as they go, pay all at once or make monthly payments.
Contributions to MET plans are tax deductible on Michigan tax returns. Earnings are tax exempt if they are used for higher education tuition and mandatory fees.
The current enrollment period for MET will end Sept. 30 and reopen in December. MET closes enrollment each fall for administrators to review pricing. Families who make a MET purchase this month – as well as those who wait until December when enrollment reopens – will qualify for a deduction on their 2021 Michigan tax returns.
More information about MET, including one-on-one concierge service sessions with MET experts, is available at SETwithMET.com, 800-MET-4-KID or treasMET@Michigan.gov.
Colleges with Free Applications 2021-22
Schedule a visit or tour at SC4
Late-start classes are still available
Seats are still available in 12-week classes starting the week of Monday, Sept. 20, and eight-week classes starting the week of Monday, Oct. 18. Classes are available on-campus and online.
Late-start classes allow students to earn credits at a faster pace. More than 85 sections are available for classes in topics which include biology, business, English, history, math, political science, psychology, sociology and more.
Examples of specific courses offered this fall include:
- BUS 155-60 — Business Management
- BUS 186-60 — Internet Marketing
- BIO 101-65 — Essentials of Biology
- BIO 271-65 — Human Anatomy & Physiology
- ECON 222-61 — Principles of Microeconomics
- ETW 170-04 — Print Reading/Fab Design
- MTH 104-63 — Foundations of Math
- HE 101-69 — Math Related to Drug Admin
- HE 102-65 — Medical Terminology
- HIS 101-65 — History of Western Civilization to 1715
- PS 101-66 — Introduction to Political Science
- PSY 260-02 — Abnormal Psychology
Current students can search for all courses and sections at sc4.edu/schedule. They can register and pay for classes online in the SC4 Portal at portal.sc4.edu.
For more information, contact Enrollment Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 989-5500.
College Advisers Needed to Make a Difference
We, together with our partners at the AdviseMI program, have an opportunity for you!
AdviseMI offers the opportunity to serve directly at Port Huron Northern High School to help our students navigate the college-going process. It’s a chance to make a difference, and get paid for it, during a time when college enrollment for our students is more critical than ever. Take charge of your future by becoming an AdviseMI college adviser at Port Huron Northern today!
To learn more and apply click here: https://micollegeaccess.org/initiatives/advisemi/apply
Paying for College
Michigan Reconnect Skills Scholarship
The Michigan Skills Scholarship program is now accepting new applicants. The scholarship provides up to $1,500 to aid in tuition coverage at a private training school or program for adults 25 years and older seeking a skills certificate.
The scholarship is part of the Michigan Reconnect program and offers certificates in five high-demand professional trade careers in industries: business management, construction, healthcare, information technology and manufacturing.
The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 1,000 applicants who enroll with an eligible training provider.
To learn more and apply for the Skills Scholarship, visit Michigan.gov/Reconnect.
Career & College Exploration
Xello Tips & Tidbits
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.
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.
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.
Contact Nick Beaudry, Supervisor of Career and College Programs, St. Clair County RESA
For more college-going information, resources, and events, visit the BWCAN website.