Northwest Missouri State University Becomes ICAN Partner
Northwest Missouri State University Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher Education
College and Career Readiness Programming Fuels Economic Growth in Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (March 20, 2013) — Northwest Missouri State University 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.
“ICAN does a great job of making every middle and high school student in Iowa aware of career and higher education opportunities, and we are proud to be a partner in this important work,” says Larry Mannasmith, assistant director of admission at Northwest Missouri State University. “Our support will enable students – and their parents – to have access to critical college planning and financial aid information and resources, along with expert guidance and support, leading to positive student outcomes.”
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. Northwest Missouri State University 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 Northwest Missouri State University 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 Northwest Missouri State University, 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
Founded in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a comprehensive university that offers 140 undergraduate degree programs, 36 master degrees programs, and one doctorate program in cooperation with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Northwest is a vibrant, residential campus with an enrollment of more than 6,800 students, representing 46 states and 29 countries. For more information about Northwest, call 660.562.1212 or visitwww.nwmissouri.edu.