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ICAN Awarded Grant for College Access Initiative in Johnson County

November 7, 2012

 ICAN Awarded Grant for College Access Initiative 

U.S. Bancorp Foundation Supports Career and College Readiness in Johnson 
County 
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (November 7, 2012) — The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) 
is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation to support 
college and career readiness programming as part of its Johnson County College Access 
Initiative. 
The U.S. Bancorp Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review 
process. “We are pleased to be financial supporters of Iowa College Access Network,” said 
Curtis A. Heideman, US Bank market president in Iowa City. 
“It’s just amazing the work ICAN does for schools. The representatives truly care about the 
students at every school. ICAN not only assists students, it helps ease the minds of parents 
in a way that I sometimes can’t.” said Shelby Bryce, counselor at Lone Tree High School in 
Lone Tree. “After every presentation, whether it is college night, financial aid night or the 
FAFSA assistance day, I get emails from parents saying how wonderful it is to have 
someone come and help with these difficult and confusing topics. The ICAN reps are always 
so patient and kind and willing to help. ICAN’s support is truly priceless, and the ironic part is 
that it’s free to the families and the school which is amazing because ‘free’ just doesn’t 
happen in this day in age.”  
In its first year, the Johnson County College Access Initiative will bring college planning and 
financial aid information and resources into the Johnson County communities to inform highschool students and parents of the steps required to achieve their educational goals. With 
services provided through ICAN, the initiative will serve approximately 11,070 individuals 
including: students, parents, and educators through a partnership with the four school 
districts in Johnson County including Iowa City, Lone Tree, Solon and Tiffin. 
“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 Lupe Hernandez, ICAN site coordinator. “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 US Bank 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 Johnson 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 everchanging job market,” explained Rob Miller, ICAN executive director. “This grant enables 
ICAN to continue meeting the needs of Iowa students.” 
“I have a really great relationship with ICAN,” continued Bryce. “If I ever have a question, I 
know the answer is just a phone call away. I just can’t say enough good things about ICAN.” 
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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