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ICAN Awarded Grant to Prepare Students for Future

January 18, 2019

Mitchell-Howard County Community Foundation Supports Career and College Readiness

HIAWATHA, IOWA (January 18, 2019) — ICAN is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Mitchell-Howard County Community Foundations to support college and career readiness programming as part of its Career and College Access Initiative in Mitchell and Howard Counties.

The Future Ready Iowa – Mitchell and Howard Counties Initiative will bring college planning and financial aid information and resources into the Mitchell County and Howard 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 will serve more than 1,000 individuals including students, parents, and educators through a partnership with each high school 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 president. “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 those families where they live.”

In an effort to empower students with the understanding that higher education is accessible to everyone, the Future Ready Iowa – Mitchell and Howard 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 required education and training by 2020.

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

ICAN 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 ten locations in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City and Waterloo, which provide programming and advising support to students and their families as they plan for education and training after high school. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit www.ICANsucceed.org.

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