Blue Water College Access Network

St. Clair County's College and Career Resource | August 2020

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 a 4-year, 2-year, technical school, trade school, or apprenticeship, 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. Contact Nick Beaudry with any questions you might have at

Meet Nick Beaudry, Career and College Consultant, St. Clair County RESA

Blue Water College Access Network is proud to introduce Nick Beaudry, Career and College Consultant at St. Clair County RESA - and the face of BWCAN. If you attend a BWCAN event, call BWCAN, or otherwise come across BWCAN in the community, you will probably meet Nick. With extensive experience teaching and coaching students in K-12, as well as experience working in the manufacturing industry Nick is the expert go-to guy for career and college information in St. Clair County. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing with his loyal dog Boone, and can be reached for support at any time at or 810-455-4261.

Planning for College During the Summer Months

Student Success Coaches Help Grads Go to College

All summer long, Student Success Coaches have been connecting recent grads with college information to support successful college enrollment, and they are still available to answer your questions and help you begin college this fall. For all your college enrollment questions and needs, reach out to Ah-Janai or Caitlynn, using the contact information below.

Ah-Janai Hudson

Student Success Coach

Caitlynn Upton

Student Success Coach

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions for College Freshmen

This summer, Ah-Janai, Caitlynn, and Nick listened to recent grads and compiled a list of their most pressing questions as they prepare to enroll in college. Check out the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions for College Freshmen for answers to your most burning questions, and if your questions still haven't been answered, reach out to Ah-Janai, Caitlynn, or Nick for support.

SC4 is Here 4 You!

St. Clair County Community College continues to prepare for the fall semester following guidelines and scientific recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as working closely with professionals from the St. Clair County Health Department. Here is an overview of current plans for the fall semester:

  • The SC4 campus will be open, offering a mix of both on-campus and online classes for students
  • Masks are required on-campus and social distancing will be encouraged whenever possible
  • A COVID-19 symptom pre-screening process will be required prior to entering campus buildings
  • Campus classrooms are being evaluated and reconfigured, as necessary, to accommodate capacity and social distancing, including the use of larger spaces not usually used for classes

Registration for fall semester classes is still open! Classes begin the week of August 24. Interested students can visit the SC4 Welcome Center in person; chat with the SC4 team by going to and clicking on the chat box; email questions to; or call 810-989-5500. We're here 4 you!

Scholarship Updates

Community Foundation Awards more than $280,000 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation awarded more than $280,000 in scholarships - with 26% going to first-generation students - and a limited number of scholarships are still available. Read more about local scholarships here.

Local Scholarship Opportunities - Save the Date

Mark Your Calendar!

The Community Foundation's online scholarship application portal and SC4's online scholarship portal will open Jan. 2, 2021 for 2021-2022 academic year awards. But why wait? Check out the scholarships that are available and prepare to apply.


BWCAN Welcomes New College Advisers for 2020-21 School Year

Four of our local high schools will welcome the service of new college advisers for the upcoming school year, while two others will embrace the wisdom of returning advisers. Look for adviser spotlights in newsletters throughout the school year as we get to know each of the county's college experts:

Seth Cunningham - Algonac High School

Ky'onna Anderson - Capac High School

Claire Nowinski - Memphis High School (year 2)

Brandon Wardlow - Port Huron High School

Steven Curtis - Port Huron Northern High School (year 2)

Shaila Moore - Yale High School

BWCAN Website Gets a New Look

This summer, the Blue Water College Access Network team has been working on a new and improved website. We will continue to improve the site to make it your easy-to-use go-to resource chock full of handy information to help you explore and plan for college.
Blue Water College Access Network

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