Spring 2017 - Iowa College Access Network - ICAN

Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

Upcoming Events

Learning Supports Conference
Iowa Department of Education's 2017 Learning Supports Conference is scheduled for May 9 and 10. The conference will offer sessions on School-wide and Early Childhood Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Shared Visions, and Challenging Behaviors. Learn more.

Iowa ACAC Conference
Higher Ed - Racing to Success! will be held May 21-23, 2017, at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. Learn more.

Iowa ACAC's The Ride 2017
A three-day bus tour for school counselors, providing a door-to-door, first-hand look at select college campuses and what makes them unique. each year the RIDE takes counselors to a variety of colleges in a specific region for tours, hands-on learning, meals, and even overnights in residence halls!

The RIDE stops for 2017 include Kirkwood Community College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Clarke University, University of Dubuque, Loras College, Mount Mercy University, and Coe College. Register Today.

Take Note

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series
The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) partner to provide a webinar series on important topics and issues facing school counselors today. Watch ISCORE, the ISCA website, the ICAN website, and social media for announcements of upcoming webinar topics. You can also view recordings of past webinars on the ISCA and ICAN sites.

Save the Date

Iowa School Counselor Association Annual Conference
The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) will hold its annual conference on November 6 and 7, 2017, at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Des Moines. Pre-conference sessions will be held Sunday, November 5. For more information visit the ISCA website.

27th Annual Golden Circle College Fair
The 27th Annual Golden Circle College Fair will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines. This fair will feature more than 130 colleges and universities from across the country, as well as employer represented career clusters and career planning resources. This year's fair will also feature breakout sessions on career and college planning topics, and the financial aid process. Learn more.

Spring Spotlight

ICAN Student Success Centers - More than FAFSA Completion

ICAN advising

Personal Advising Sessions
Each year ICAN helps complete nearly 6,000 FAFSA forms in office and school settings across Iowa. While many Iowans know ICAN can help with the FAFSA, many don't know we start with students as early as 8th grade, mapping out a plan for high school, career, college, and beyond.

ICAN operates ten Student Success Centers across Iowa that offer the opportunity to meet, one-on-one with a Student Success Advisor to help map out a path to success.

Appointments are always free and can cover any of the following topics:

  • Career Exploration/Assessment
  • College Exploration
  • Paying for College
  • College Visits
  • College Selection Applications
  • Scholarship Search
  • CSS Profile
  • FAFSA Completion
  • FAFSA/Award Letter Review & Analysis
  • Understanding Student Loan Options
  • Alternative Funding Options for College

ICAN will meet with families as early as they like to discuss any number of topics or to answer general questions. ICAN's planning tools and resources begin specific focus in middle school years, with four-year planning for high school beginning in 8th grade. Click here to learn more.

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Featured Articles:

This issue of College Access Connections features best practices and success stories from around the state, as well as national updates we feel are beneficial to professionals working in career and college readiness fields.


  • Career & College Corner Blog - New ICAN Feature

    ICAN Blog

    Advice, daily insights, and random thoughts on planning for life after high school from the team at ICAN. Visit us often for new thoughts from each member of our team. Read more.

  • ICAN Sees Early Success for FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative
    In the first four months of its FAFSA Ready Iowa initiative, the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) has assisted in the completion of more than 3,800 FAFSA forms, kick-starting the new college financial aid season and ensuring more students are able to access financial aid assistance for their post high school endeavors. Comparatively, during the same four month timeframe one year ago, ICAN completed 756 FAFSA forms. Read more.

  • College Awareness Through March Madness (Evans Middle School - Ottumwa)
    College awareness through March Madness! One of the school counselors, Megan Wetrich, and I teamed up to bring some college awareness to our middle school students during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. We utilized the homeroom/advisory time of each day to spread this awareness through many activities. Read more.

  • Iowa Senate OKs plans to end third-grade reading program, cut universities' budgets (Des Moines Register)
    The Iowa Senate approved two budget bills Tuesday night, including plans to terminate a summer reading program for struggling third graders and to cut funding for Iowa's three state universities, in an effort to wrap up the 2017 session this week. Read more.

  • Public Input Sought on Fine Arts Standards for Iowa Schools (Daily Nonpareil)
    The Iowa Department of Education is seeking the public's input on fine arts standards that are currently under consideration in Iowa. Public forums will be open throughout the state on April 25 and April 27, and an online survey will be open through May 12. The forum's follow a state team's recommendation to get feedback on the National Core Arts Standards.  Read more.

  • It All Adds Up in 'BizTown' (Iowa Department of Education)
    Few people would argue that two plus two equals anything but four. If comprehending that was the only requirement for being truly financially literate, life for most people might be pretty straightforward and fairly easy. But in reality, financial literacy is indeed much more than just basic arithmetic.  Read more.

    Iowa's High School Graduation Rate Reaches New High of 91.3% (Iowa Department of Education)
    Iowa's high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row while drop out rates edged up for the first time since the 2009-10 school year, according to figures release by the Iowa Department of Education. Read more


  • Higher Poverty Means Lower FAFSA Completion, New Data Show (NCAN)
    In most states, high school seniors in higher-poverty school districts complete the FAFSA at lower rates than students in wealthier districts. To someone not familiar with the inequities of higher education, this sounds counterintuitive. However, new research demonstrates that is not the case. Read more.

  • Report: Wage Increases From Associate's and Certificates Persist, but Vary (NCAN)
    The relationship between education and wages is a timeless economic question for which we have a robust research base whole consensus is that more education leads to higher wages. Once area where there is relatively less evidence is for the connection between wages and sub-baccalaureate degrees and certificates. Read more.

  • NASFAA Members Focus on IRS DRT Outage, Student Aid Funding During Talks on Capitol Hill (NASFAA)
    The importance of financial aid for college students, and the need to maintain funding levels for teh student aid programs in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, was the focus of several conversations on Capitol Hill throughout yesterday's Advocacy Pipeline event, during which NASFAA members reiterated their concerns to congressional staff members.
    Read more.

  • The 2017 Trends Report - 10 Key Shifts in Higher Education (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
    With the current political uncertainties, it's a dicey business to project what's next for college campuses. Our 2017 Trends Report can help you stay above the turmoil. It outlines 10 key shifts in higher education, including the movement to protect undocumented students and the cultural divide seen as separating academe from rural America. Case studies, commentary, and more resources will help you to take action or start a conversation. Read more.

  • Upcoming Implementation of FSA ID Enhancements (NASFAA)
    The FSA ID - a user-selected username and password - is required for students, parents, and borrowers to authenticate their identity and access their federal student aid information online. Read more.

  • NY Approves Free College, Offers No New Dollars to Poorest Students (NCAN)
    New York State approved free college tuition for its public two-year and four-year colleges last week, making it the first state to include four-year institutions in its "free college" plan after Tennessee, Oregon, and Minnesota introduced free community college in the past few years. Read more.

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