College & Career Access Center

Quarterly Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2019

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Focusing on FAFSA

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On February 18, the College & Career Access Center held its annual President's Day FAFSA event. This is one of two such events that the CCAC hosts each year. The other is our FUN FALL FAFSA event; held on the third Saturday in October. On these days, our office in the Jackson Crossing opens for extended hours, from 10 am to 8 pm. There is free food and students enter to win prizes. But, most importantly, they leave with a completed FAFSA application.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the means by which students determine financial aid eligibility to fund their college or career school education. As our advisors meet students within the Jackson school districts, and in our Center, FAFSA completion is an area of assistance that we continually provide and measure. As of March 15th, the CCAC has tracked 58.2% FAFSA completion among students from the 13 Connected Community Schools. We are striving for 74% countywide FAFSA completion by the end of August, and are working diligently toward reaching that goal.

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The College & Career Access Center Honored by Jackson Junior Welfare League

On March 9, The College & Career Access Center was one of 3 award recipients at the Jackson Junior Welfare League's annual fundraising gala. Along with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and Jackson's 4 H, the CCAC received generous contributions from the many supporters and

partners in Jackson County. It was an evening of celebration and also recognition of the incredible work being done within our community. The CCAC is honored to be a part of the positive change that is continually increasing the potential for success of Jackson's residents.

Serving the Jackson Community

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As we approach Summer, and the remaining weeks of the 2018 - 19 school year, the College & Career Access Center is winding down its college and skilled trade exploration initiatives. This year marked our 6th season offering the Kids2College curriculum, the 4th since adding Pathways to Professional Skilled Trades. Since February 26, over 600 students have visited regional colleges and universities as well as local manufacturers. These tours create early awareness of post-secondary options among traditional 2-4 year institutions as well as various fields within the skilled trades.
This year marks our 3rd year offering the Juniors Over the Local Circuit program. Since September 25th, over 400 Juniors have visited the campuses of Jackson's 3 local institutions of higher education: Baker College, Jackson College, and Spring Arbor University. By the end of May, over 1,100 Juniors will have participated in these tours. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for this initiative, with 91.5% of students reporting that the tour increased their understanding of what college is like. 95% stated that they would recommend the program to other students.

Mark Your Calendar!

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Thank You to the Many Collaborators and Partners That Make Our Mission Possible

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