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1 Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education Arizona College Access Network …building capacity and improving the quality of service and information provided to students through Arizona’s college access programs An initiative funded by the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation and the U.S. Department of Education

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7 A national advocacy campaign to galvanize and mobilize school counselors to “own the turf” of college and career readiness counseling and take the lead in establishing a college-going culture in their schools, districts, communities and/or states

8 Counselors See a Broken School System in Need of Reform  8 in 10 (85%) counselors report top mission of schools should be ensuring all students complete 12 th grade ready to succeed in college and careers, yet only 30% of counselors and 19% in high poverty schools see this reality.  84% of counselors say high school completion & college/career readiness should be their mission as school counselors, but less than half see this reality. Source: The College Board, 2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads

9 Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education What is the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN)? What is the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN)? Vision The network is comprised of college access professionals and supporters committed toward Arizona’s goal of doubling the number of degrees and certificates earned by the year Mission Building capacity and improving the quality of services and information provided to students through Arizona’s college access programs.

10  115 program/organization active members  37 supporting programs/organizations  Approximately 562,000 students served annually by member programs  Program categories: Community organization, College/university, State agency/organization, National organization, High school/school district, Foundation  Category Breakdowns: ◦ 49 college/university programs ◦ 30 high school/school district programs ◦ 22 community organizations ◦ 7 state agencies ◦ 5 national organizations ◦ 2 foundations

11 Resource Centers Northern Arizona College Resource Centers College Depot Metropolitan Education Commission/RCAC Mesa Community Outreach Center Federal Programs Arizona Gear UP NAU Talent Search Four Corners Upward Bound Math & Science Program TRiO SSS ASU West AWC Upward Bound CBOs Aguila Youth Leadership Institute Be a Leader Foundation La Paloma College Prep Boys Hope Girls Hope Youth on Their Own

12 University/ Postsecondary ACE- Scottsdale CC Access ASU Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute Passport2College- Devry ASU American Initiatives Scholarship Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Gates Millennium Scholars Program Arizona Assurance Scholars Program K-12 Amberlea is College Bound Phoenix Collegiate Academy Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center South Mountain University High Yuma School District- AVID

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14 Early Postsecondary Awareness Career Exploration/Advising Financial Aid Advising Mentoring Admissions Advising College Planning Grants/ Scholarships Parental Advising Financial Literacy Youth Development Academic Support/Tutoring

15 In Schools and Communities  Target Professional Development Dollars ◦ Counselors are eager to receive professional development and that these training sessions should be targeted at critical levers like college and career readiness, financial aid, and the use of technology to promote these goals.  Coordinate Initiatives with Community-Based Organizations ◦ Counselors report tremendous workloads. There are, however, resources to support their efforts. Nonprofit and community-based college access programs are tremendous assets to students, families and schools, but are often staffed with volunteers or professionals who are not as well trained as counselors. Counselors should utilize these services to lessen their individual workloads and also, when appropriate, be considered the point person in schools for coordinating these initiatives. Source: The College Board, 2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads

16  Professional development (webinars, regional workshops, statewide conference.)  Collaboration with key stakeholders (community partners, foundations, school districts, universities, etc.)  Communication with college access programs and initiatives to share resources and align efforts (Monthly newsletter, listserv)  Free or low cost publications for students  Resource and research information regarding college access  Timely membership updates on news trends, best practices and grant opportunities  Advisement to establish a college access program or resource center  National College Access Network Affiliation

17  AzCAN Professional Development – Collegeology Games Webinar  Creating a Culture of Achievement Webinar (from July 10 th ), hosted by Nancy Frey & Doug Fisher  College Scorecard from The White House  College Cost Comparison searchable database from the DOE College Affordability and Transparency Center  Various updates and briefs on President Obama’s announcement concerning Deferred Action for undocumented immigrants  For Students: Adventures in Education scholarship search tool

18  Statewide College Access Inventory  College Application Week  College Access/Counselor Training Institute  College Awareness/Planning Standards

19  Information for Students and Parents  Network Information  Research and Resources  Foster Care and Foster Youth

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21  Web meeting/Chat  Interactive Listserv  Discussion Forum  Interactive Events Calendar  Live Facebook and Twitter Feeds

22 Live Facebook and Twitter Feeds *College Access News *Scholarship Info *Events*Summer Programs *Financial Aid *College Access Advocacy *Connect to College Access Community Follow us: https://twitter.com/#!/AzCollegeAccesshttps://twitter.com/#!/AzCollegeAccess

23 Who should become a member?  All college access/success/postsecondary preparation programs and professionals are welcomed  School counselors and schools interested in creating a college-going culture  College Champions for youth in foster care, or formerly in foster care  Friends, sponsors, businesses, foundations, etc. who support college access and success Become a member free of charge by simply completing a survey on the AzCAN website Network Information>Join AzCAN.www.AzCAN.GOV

24 John Garcia Director AzCollegeAccessAzCollegeAccess Erika Olivares Associate Director, AzCAN, AmeriCorps VISTA


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