DCAN Update | July 24, 2020
Plus resources for counselors & schools
Are your students not sure of their next steps?

Our summer student support workshops are now fully-scheduled.

DCAN can help your students with everything from networking to navigating their student profiles and portals, and so much more!

We're here to help connect the dots for Detroit's college-bound youth, whether through these virtual workshops or one-on-one advising.

Learn more below and share widely with your students, schools and networks!

Onjila Odeneal
Acting Executive Director, DCAN
Virtual Advising
Students can meet with an experienced coach to support with mapping our their plans, completing requirements, navigating documentation submission, and getting on track to reach their college/career goals.
Students can c omplete the survey to be connected with the right coach!
Join in to learn how to support your students or share with your networks!
Michigan Public Institutions
July 30, 3 p.m.
Not sure about schools in Michigan? Join us to learn more about schools in Michigan, including community colleges, skilled trade programs, universities, scholarships and discuss everything you need to do before classes begin.

August 6, 3 p.m.
Want to learn how to make more connections? Join us to learn about networking or to improve what you already know. We will be going over how to make meaningful relationships in high school, college and in the workforce.

Navigating Your Student Profile & Portal
August 13, 3 p.m.
What should you do before college in the fall? Learn about your student profile for your college and everything you must do after making a college decision, including your student email account, financial aid, class builder, and more.

Utilizing Resources: Financial & Support Tools
August 20, 3 p.m.
Need support for college? Learn more about all of the resources on campus including financial aid, student learning center, tutoring, office hours, advising, study skills, and more for your semester of college.
Careers in the skilled trades are some of the fastest growing jobs in Detroit and many of these industries will have more job openings than they can fill in the near future.

Knowing where to begin when looking to start a career in the skilled trades can be confusing, but DCAN is here to help!

We've gathered information from a variety of our partners on the programs, training and education they offer. 
First deadline July 31
Last year, Michigan students from the class of 2020 earned over $130,000 through the College Board Opportunity Scholarships by taking steps to plan for college.

Students who complete steps in the program are eligible for scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000. The scholarships do not require an essay, application, minimum test score, or minimum grade point average. The more effort that students make, the more chances they have to earn scholarships!

During this time, every junior in the class of 2021 can stay on track by taking these three actions this summer:

  • Sign up for the College Board Opportunity Scholarships at: cb.org/opportunity
  • Explore colleges and build a starter college list on BigFuture
  • Practice for six or more hours with official SAT practice on Khan Academy
  • This step is important since the class of 2021 will be taking the SAT in the fall as part of the Governor’s Executive Order
Week of July 20-24
Restore the Purchasing Power of the Pell Grant: #DoublePell
The Pell Grant has served as the cornerstone of financial aid for low-income students pursuing higher education since its creation in 1972.

Unfortunately, the purchasing power of the Pell Grant has continuously declined since the mid-1970s.

Visit  NCAN's Action Center  for the official #DoublePell campaign advocacy tool. Through the Action Center, you can send a pre-written email and/or tweet to your members of Congress asking for their support in the campaign to #DoublePell.
Thank You: End of Year Celebration
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Ambassador Class on their induction! You can watch the induction video above.

  • Christian Hill, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Antanae Love-Humble, Michigan State University
  • Santia Davis, Cass Tech High School
  • Samuel Burke, Fitzgerald High School
  • Symii Ruffin, Detroit Edison Public School Academy
  • Jamese Willis, Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Coming Up: Virtual 5K Fundraiser
The Ambassadors are hosting a Virtual 5K Program Fundraiser on August 15, 2020! Walk, jog or run, it doesn't matter as long as you have fun!

Register  here.

Shoutout: College Care Package Winners
  • Marius Nwobi, Renaissance High School
  • Jazmyn Wall, Cass Tech High School
  • Briyanna Moore, Wylie E. Groves High School
  • Shalyce Black, Harper Woods High School
  • Daiyania Johnson, Detroit Collegiate Preparatory at Northwestern
  • Rita Brooks, West Bloomfield High School

If you have any questions for the Detroit College Ambassador program or want to collaborate in any way, email  ambassadors@detroitcan.org.
New Impact Map Data Tool Simplifies Use of
College Access & Attainment Metrics
MCAN has  launched its public-facing Impact Map , a new college access and success data visualization tool. The map offers insight about important college-going metrics and outcomes in the state of Michigan.
Learn more about the resources, services and opportunities that are available in the Metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties).

We will also have workshops from program providers to learn more about the schools and programs available.

Sign up for information here.
CONNECT: Detroit College Access Network