ICAN Awarded Grant for College Access Initiative in Marshall County
Community Foundation of Marshall County Supports Career and College Readiness
HIAWATHA, IOWA (March 28, 2016) — The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Community Foundation of Marshall County to support college and career readiness programming as part of its Marshall County Career and College Access Initiative.
The Community Foundation of Marshall County was formed in 2005 to improve the quality of life in Marshall County by building charitable endowments and by addressing critical needs of our communities in partnership with nonprofit organizations and donors.
In its first year, the Marshall County Career and College Access Initiative will bring college planning and financial aid information and resources into the Marshall County communities to inform high school students and parents of the steps required to achieve their educational goals. With services provided through ICAN, the initiative hopes to serve more than 1,000 individuals including: students, parents, and educators through a partnership with the high schools in Marshall County including East Marshall Senior High School, Marshalltown High School, and West Marshall High School.
“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 Marshall 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 since1998.
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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 10 locations in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City and Waterloo, which 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 www.ICANsucceed.org.
About the Community Foundation of Marshall County
The Community Foundation of Marshall County was formed in 2005 by a group of passionate and visionary leaders to improve the quality of life in Marshall County by building charitable endowments and by addressing critical needs of our communities in partnership with nonprofit organizations and donors.