College Completion Corps
Michigan College Access Network is seeking interest from community colleges for its newest initiative, the College Completion Corps. Drawing from the success of MCAN’s AdviseMI college adviser program, the College Completion Corps will place full-time AmeriCorps members on community college campuses across the state to serve as college completion coaches.
What College Completion Coaches Do
The coaches will support a defined cohort of approximately 150 students selected by each college — with priority given to those who are first-generation, low-income, and students of color. In their work, the coaches will promote student retention, persistence, and ultimately, the completion of a degree or certificate.
Campuses are encouraged to partner with other programs to define their cohort (e.g. TRIO students, Promise Zone scholarship students, and/or students who are refugees). Colleges are urged to think strategically about how to partner with other community- or campus-based programs to align and amplify impact. Support will be provided to help students navigate the campus environment, make a plan for success, and complete necessary requirements.
Pending Grant Approval
This spring, MCAN will apply for AmeriCorps funding to launch the College Completion Corps in summer 2020. We anticipate 15 full-time college completion coaches will arrive on campuses in December. Each full-time coach will serve 1,700 hours from Dec. 7, 2020 – Dec. 6, 2021. Currently, we are only seeking interest from community college campuses that may want to submit a host-site application once the program is launched. Completing the Interest Form will help MCAN make the case to funders that the College Completion Corps program is needed and can have impact.
Host-Site Interest Forms and Application Process
Completing an Interest Form is not a formal submission for consideration to serve as a host site and is non-binding for MCAN and the campus. However, campuses that do submit an Interest Form and then apply for a completion coach will receive priority status during the competitive application review. The Interest Form is available online and should be submitted by March 27, 2020.
For additional information and ideas on how to implement the College Completion Corps on your campus, please refer to the Program Overview and documented Strategies for Success. A preview of the Interest Form also is available. Questions should be directed to Jessica Soja, community mobilization strategy manager, by calling (517) 316-1713 or by sending an email to Jessica@micollegeaccess.org. Jessica also can assist campuses with the online system and help brainstorm potential ways to utilize a completion coach.