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Two new college advisers for local schools

Kalamazoo County welcomes two new college advisers to four of our county schools. Lenisa Daniels will advise students at Comstock High School through the college admissions process and help them identify the postsecondary path that will serve them well. Dominique Hunt will be a shared adviser between Parchment High School, Barclay Hills and Galesburg-Augusta High Schools.

Comstock Schools Superintendent Todd Mora states, “The Comstock Public Schools family is pleased to welcome Ms. Lenisa Daniels to our community. Ms. Daniels will work closely with Comstock High School students and their parents to address college access issues. It is through the local College and Career Action Network that Comstock Public Schools students and parents are able to receive these vital services.”

Parchment Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller states, “We feel fortunate to have this partnership with the College and Career Action Network to better serve our students and families. We are looking forward to working with Dominique in further assisting our students with post-secondary career options and with the college admissions process!”

The Parchment position is funded by The College and Career Action Network and the Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo.

The Comstock position is funded by the Michigan College Access Network and the National College Advising Corp through Michigan State University. Partial funding comes from the College and Career Action Network and the Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo.

Michigan State University in partnership with the National College Advising Corps and Michigan College Access Network hired recent MSU graduates and placed them in high schools across Michigan to provide the guidance and encouragement that many students need to navigate the complex web of college admissions and securing financial aid. In addition, the advisers will work closely with the College and Career Action Network to increase the proportion of Michigan residents with college degrees or high-quality credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

“These corps members help Michigan move closer to our big goal of 60 percent educational attainment by 2025,” said Brandy Johnson, Executive Director of MCAN. “Only about 36 percent of Michigan adults have a college degree. The advisers will help us move the needle on our state’s college participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income, first-generation college students, by ensuring students are prepared for college –– socially, academically, financially and informationally.”

The National College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation-college students who enter and complete higher education. Through a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities, recent graduates of partner colleges and universities are hired, trained and placed as full-time college advisers in under-served high schools in both urban and rural areas. For more information please visit: www.micollegeaccess.org or www.advisingcorps.org.