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ICAN Awarded Grant to Address Student Attainment Gaps

April 24, 2022

Grundy County Community Foundation Supports COVID Recovery for Career and College Readiness

WATERLOO, IOWA (April 24, 2022) — The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Grundy County Community Foundation to support college and career readiness programming as part of its Career and College Attainment Post COVID Project.

The Grundy County Community Foundation is a local, non-profit, charitable affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Due to the generosity and vision of all our donors, the Community Foundation was established to build stronger, healthier communities in Grundy County today, and in the future. The foundation supports its donors and the communities it serves with visionary leadership, effective grant making and personalized endowment building services.


The Career and College Attainment Post COVID Project will focus on closing attainment gaps created by the pandemic for students in Grundy County communities. The project will aim to serve more than 2,000 individuals including: students, parents, and educators through a partnership with BCLUW High School, Dike-New Hartford High School, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, and Grundy Center High School in Grundy County.

“As society emerges from the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic there is a lot of work to be done to regain the ground lost in helping students plan for the future,” explained Rob Miller, ICAN executive director. “This grant enables ICAN to provide tailored advising and programs for students and parents to help them in whatever stage of planning they are, getting them back on track for successful futures.”

In an effort to empower students with the understanding that higher education is accessible to everyone, the Grundy 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 Future Ready Iowa, more than 68% of Iowa jobs require some education or training beyond high school.

“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 since


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About ICAN

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 Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, 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

About the Grundy County Community Foundation

Charitable, community-minded people who want to do good in their community to support the causes they care about can do so with the Grundy County Community Foundation. Through the funds held with the Grundy County Community Foundation, the Community Foundation meets our county's needs by increasing connections between people and the organizations that serve them; providing grants in our core program areas of art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.

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