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ICAN Awarded Grant for College Access Initiative in Howard & Mitchell Counties

February 15, 2017

ICAN Awarded Grant for College Access Initiative

Mitchell-Howard County Opportunity Fund Supports Career and College Readiness

WATERLOO, IOWA (February 15, 2017) — The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Mitchell-Howard County Opportunity Fund to support college and career readiness programming as part of its College Access Initiative in Mitchell and Howard counties.

In its first year, the Future Ready Iowa – Mitchell and Howard Counties Initiative will bring college planning and financial aid information and resources into the Mitchell and Howard counties communities to inform high school students and parents of the steps required to achieve their educational goals. With services provided through ICAN, the initiative will serve more than 1,000 individuals including: students, parents, and educators through a partnership with the high schools in Mitchell County and Howard County including Crestwood, St. Ansgar, Riceville, and Osage High Schools.

“ICAN programs are unique in the respect that they are brought into individual communities and provide face-to-face presentations and one-on-one advice to students in the communities in which they reside,” explained Rob Miller, ICAN executive director. “This grant enables that interaction to happen without requiring families to travel for professional advice. For some families traveling for assistance isn’t possible and the community foundation grant allows ICAN to continue serving these families where they live.”

In an effort to empower students with the understanding that higher education is accessible to everyone, the Iowa County Initiative is part of a wider effort by ICAN to reach every middle- and high school and every student in Iowa to better prepare students for college and the workforce. According to Complete College America, more than 60 percent of Iowa jobs will require a college education by 2020.

“Education and training beyond high school is necessity for long-term success in the ever-changing job market,” explained Miller. “This grant enables ICAN to continue meeting the needs of Iowa students.”

ICAN, a nonprofit organization providing career and college readiness planning to students and parents in Iowa, has been educating and empowering Iowa’s future workforce since 1998.

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About ICAN
The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has locations in Ankeny, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Hiawatha, Orange City, Sioux City, and Waterloo. These centers provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit

About the Mitchell-Howard County Opportunity Fund
The Mitchell-Howard County Opportunity Fund grants are available to nonprofit organizations that serve to meet crucial needs in the areas of education and environment in the communities of Mitchell County and Howard County, Iowa.

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