College & Career Access Center
Quarterly Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2021
The College & Career Access Center CCAC Delivers Same Quality Services With New and Creative Models
Twelve months after the initial shutdown order, the majority of our 13 districts have returned to in-person or some form of hybrid teaching model. Our advising team is slowly transitioning back to working face-to-face with the graduating class of 2021. To date, CCAC advisors have offered virtual or in-person consultations to 846 students; 707 college consults and 139 career planning consults.
Our advising team is facilitating the video presentation at all 13 Jackson districts as well as administering a post-presentation survey to gain valuable student feedback on the event. The CCAC is honored to combine forces with our partners at the three colleges to virtually market these great local education options.
Annual FAFSA Events Take Hybrid Approach in 2020-21
The overall goal of the ARC is to create a coalition of students from the 13 Connected School Districts who are dedicated to anti-racism practices and racial equity. The advisory council will play an instrumental role by sharing what they learn each month with the faculty and students at their respective schools. The CCAC is excited to educate, support, and empower Jackson County students to recognize and fight against racism and racial bias within their communities.
All of Jackson County is Invited: The CCAC Launches its Virtual College & Career Planning Workshop Series
Proving an effective means of engagement, the virtual series will be a CCAC fixture going forward. Each Workshop is an hour in length and designed to deliver resources, detailed topic outlines, and tutorial instruction. The workshop presenter also reserves time at the end of each workshop to answer student questions on any topic of planning.
In Fall of 2020, the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) introduced a funding opportunity that would allow members to take part in higher education policy and advocacy. This important initiative offers NCAN members and students around the country a valuable opportunity to make their voices heard. The College and Career Access Center applied and was honored to be selected among 33 college attainment organizations in 24 states across the country to engage in national higher education policy discussions over the next year. NCAN is committed to policy and advocacy as a critical strategy in closing the equity gaps that exist in higher education. To that end, the goal of the fellowship is to expand the breadth of NCAN member participation in advocacy.
In March, the CCAC Executive Director, advising team, and two student fellows from Albion College were able to participate, sharing their own personal testimonials at the state and federal level. Our team was proud to meet with our Congresswomen and men, to not only place Jackson on the map for our college & career successes but also to ask Congress to double the current Pell Grant award amount.
The CCAC Quarterly Business Highlight
This quarter, the College & Career Access Center is excited to showcase Miame Jarrett Photography. A native of the Chicago area, Ms. Jarrett relocated after graduating with her degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. It was there she met her future husband. The couple married and settled in Jackson to start their family. Miame discovered her passion for photography; artistically composing portraits of her three children. She traces an initial interest in visual art to early childhood, watching her father who was a part-time photographer.
Beginning as a hobby, Ms. Jarrett’s business has quickly evolved into a successful career over the course of just a few short years. Along with beautiful, artistic portraits, Miame strives to create lasting memories for her clients. She especially loves working with Seniors, capturing the pivotal transition from high school to adulthood. As a former college athlete and current cross fit enthusiast, she also enjoys showcasing student athletes in unique and modern compositions. Miame credits her success to the uplifting encouragement of positive, like-minded individuals who support her dreams. Hoping to inspire other young moms who often struggle to find balance between family and career goals, Miame stresses the importance of pursuing your passions. Her advice: chase your dreams, be an example to your children, and don’t let any obstacle stand in your way!
To schedule a session with Miame or learn more about all she has to offer, visit her website at: https://www.miamejarrettphotography.com/.
May 1st is Right Around the Corner!
- A $500 Mini-Grant through the College and Career Access Center
- A $250 Mini-Grant through the Michigan College Access Network - for schools that participated in the College Bound Michigan initiative this year
Advisors can assist in the application process for both of these valuable grants.