Oceana CAN receives state award.

March 6, 2019

Oceana CAN hosts a career fair annually at Shelby High School. Pictured here, Corrections Officer Joel Dickman with the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office shows students how to use a taser.

Oceana CAN receives state award.


LANSING – Oceana College Access Network received the Flagship Award during the Michigan College Access Network’s ninth annual conference Monday, March 4.

MCAN acknowledged 11 outstanding post-secondary education practitioners and advocates from across the state.

The Flagship Award recognizes organizations that develop sustainable college access networks.

Oceana CAN Program Coordinator Alyssa Merten

“Oceana CAN has a strong focus on data disaggregation, with a specific focus on Latino students,” states and MCAN press release. “Oceana CAN was recognized for its strong, engaged leadership team as well as its voice in advocacy.”

“The College Access Impact Awards shine a light on the individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to improve post-secondary attainment,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of MCAN. “The award winners play a key role in ensuring that students are college and career ready by increasing college applications, FAFSA completion rates and college enrollment. We are looking to the future, along with the students, as we cultivate tomorrow’s talent to keep Michigan as an innovative state.”

“This is the fifth year the organization has given awards as part of the conference,” the press release states. “In addition to the award ceremony, MCAN hosted hundreds of college access professionals and education leaders during the two-day conference. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Fueling the Movement: Engage, Innovate, Mobilize’ and emphasized how the entire network can recharge momentum to reach 60 percent of Michigan’s adult population having a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.”


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