Indian Hills Community College Joins ICAN's College Access Initiative
Indian Hills Community College Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher Education
College and Career Readiness Programming Fuels Economic Growth in Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (March 15, 2013) — Indian Hills Community College is partnering with the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to bring comprehensive college and career readiness programming and resources to students and parents in communities across Iowa, and to support initiatives around the state that support economic growth through increased training and education of Iowa’s future workforce.
“Indian Hills looks forward to the ICAN partnership,” said Mark Thompson, executive director of enrollment services at Indian Hills Community College. “As one of Iowa’s top community colleges offering an array of technical and health occupation programs, the future collaboration between our campus and ICAN will give middle and high school students – and their families – many options beyond twelfth grade.”
The ICAN Partnership Program is open to any business, organization or institution with the desire to support long-term economic growth and success for Iowa communities and citizens. Indian Hills Community College has joined to support ICAN’s work in career and college readiness programming which is outlined in the ICAN College Access Power Plan, a suite of programs and services designed to help families better understand college and career planning, how to successfully navigate paying for college, and choosing both a college and major that are the right fit.
“ICAN is proud to partner with Indian Hills Community College in advancing career and college access readiness programming throughout the state of Iowa,” explained Rob Miller, executive director of ICAN. “The College Access Power Plan is designed to guide students beginning in middle school and throughout high school with the rights tips and advice for each level, ensuring that every student is prepared for the level they are in, as well as for the future steps they will need to take to be successful both in college and a career. ICAN offers the most complete, step-by-step guide for parents and students preparing for life after high school. With the wonderful support from Indian Hills Community College, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to communities across Iowa at no cost to the school, its students, or families.”
The ICAN College Access Power Plan includes age-appropriate in-person presentations, printed guidebooks , access to a comprehensive website, electronic newsletters containing monthly planning tips and reminders for students and parents as they journey through high school and college, and unlimited access to ICAN staff, via phone or in person, for one-on-one assistance.
ICAN’s programs and services are developed and presented by ICAN’s highly trained representatives on topics such as high school planning, college and career planning, financial literacy, successful college transitions and financial aid. ICAN serves more than 280,000 students and parents annually. Students are encouraged to check with their high school counseling offices for the dates, times and locations of ICAN presentations in their area or visitwww.ICANsucceed.org/calendar. Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 877-272-4692, emailing ICAN@ICANsucceed.org, or visiting www.icansucceed.org.
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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 locations in Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and West Des Moines, 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 Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College, with two campuses in Ottumwa and one in Centerville, is in its fifth decade of serving students in southeast Iowa and the surrounding area. The college has grown to meet the changing needs of the residents in the area the college serves. The staff members, administration and board of trustees are committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities through the college’s programs and facilities.