College & Career Access Center

Quarterly Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2020

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Remember, the COVID-19 situation is not static and changes quickly. For the most recent information, go to:

The New Jackson Collaborative Network

The Jackson Collaborative Network has now formed! This network's membership is comprised of almost 400 people representing the combined forces of the Health Improvement Organization, the Financial Stability Network, and the Cradle to Career Network. Each of these groups previously focused on their individual agendas, which included health, financial stability, and education. They are now combining their resources to create collective impact as well as to improve efficiency in addressing community members' needs, resilience, and ability to achieve their full potential in all areas. It also allows network members to address social determinants of health while simultaneously addressing root causes.
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CCAC to Serve as Liaison Between Jackson Collaborative Network and Michigan College Access Network

The College & Career Access Center is proud to serve as liaison between the Jackson Collaborative Network (JCN) and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN). In this role, the CCAC will review MCAN newsletters, updates, and alerts; sharing the advising specific content with CCAC staff, partners, and the collaborative network manager. The CCAC will also actively participate in events and trainings hosted by MCAN, such as the MCAN's annual conference and Maritime Academy. In particular, the CCAC will attend LCAN convening meetings on behalf of JCN to represent Jackson's Local College Access Network (LCAN).


In all cases, the CCAC will review and share information with MCAN, JCN and all collaborating partners to ensure effective communication and clarity of purpose.

Lux Language - English as a Second Language

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On March 2nd, in collaboration with Lux Languages: English as a Second Language, 2nd semester classes began at the College & Career Access Center. Evening classes on Mondays and Wednesdays focus on improving language skills through a combination of activities, conversation workshops, and course curriculums.


Tuesday evenings offer beginner Spanish classes for English speakers. As we move optimisically on the future, we look forward to resuming these valuable courses.

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On February 17, the College & Career Access Center held its semi-annual FAFSA event. Twice a year, the CCAC opens its doors for extended hours and dedicates the entire day to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It's a fun-filled day of door prizes, free food, and filig the FAFSA.


Each year, these events inch us closer to our FAFSA completion goals. Our February event was particularly important as our advising team focused on the Governor Whitmer FAFSA Challenge.

Governor Whitmer's FAFSA Challenge

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In December, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a challenge to every high school in the state of Michigan to increase FAFSA completion rates to 75% for the graduating class of 2020. The initiative, which gave quite a boost to the Michigan College Access Network's (MCAN) annual College Cash Campaign, offered incentives to schools in our state through tributes, social media recognition, and many awards.


The College & Career Access Center takes great pride in the achievements of our entire advising team, but gives special recognition to Sydney Brown and Travis Miller. Sydney and Concord High School recieved a Special Tribute Award from Governor Whitmer and the State of Michigan for their impressive achievement of reaching 65% FAFSA completion.


Travis exceeded the 75% completion challenge with his Seniors at Western High School as well as Grass Lake High School by March 1st. He has now achieved 82% completion at Grass Lake.

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In these troubling times, we appreciate more than ever the partnerships and collaborations that make our work possible and allow us to share in positive collective impact as we move toward the future.
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As We Weather The Storm Together ...

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