November 20, 2018

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy Received System Impact Grant

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy received a $20,000 Reach Higher System Impact grant to enhance college and career readiness. The school will focus on two strategies: 1) providing all students an opportunity to receive college credit in high school through AP courses and dual enrollment courses and 2) assisting with academic strategies to avoid remedial classes at the college level.

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) announced today that Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy received a $20,000 Reach Higher System Impact grant to enhance college and career readiness. The school will focus on two strategies: 1) providing all students an opportunity to receive college credit in high school through AP courses and dual enrollment courses and 2) assisting with academic strategies to avoid remedial classes at the college level.

“The funds provided by the Reach Higher System Impact Grant program will provide the resources necessary for schools to implement bold changes to help their students prepare for a college education and future careers,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s imperative that we support students in their efforts to further their education. The Reach Higher System Impact Grants encourage high schools in our network to take their efforts beyond programming to drive systems change within their building.”

Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy (UPrep) is one of three high schools selected to receive a Reach Higher System Impact Grant. UPrep received two previous years of grant funding from MCAN as a participant in MCAN’s Reach Higher grant program, an initiative aimed at supporting college-going culture inside high schools to increase the number of high school students ready for and enrolling in college.

In this round of grants, 20 high schools received more than $150,000 in grants as part of the entire Reach Higher Grant Program. Since inception in 2015, the Reach High Grant Program has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to Michigan schools.

Schools across the state were selected based on a competitive grant review process. Reach Higher System Impact Grants will support programs and reforms aimed at bolstering metrics around college and career readiness in a variety of ways.



ABOUT THE MICHIGAN COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK (MCAN)

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the seventh year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.7 percent as of 2018. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.