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Mount Mercy Partners with ICAN to Support Local High School Students

April 16, 2013


Mount Mercy University Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher Education

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College and Career Readiness Programming Fuels Economic Growth in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (April 16, 2013) — Mount Mercy 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 reaching out to students and families statewide, sharing a message of higher education access and opportunity,“ says Scott Baumler, Dean of Admissions at Mount Mercy University. “Providing solid educational programming through publications, presentations, and individual meetings, ICAN really makes a difference for students. Mount Mercy is proud to partner with ICAN in a story of courage and change for today’s youth – and tomorrow’s leaders.”   

Through its partnership with ICAN, Mount Mercy University will provide support to 15 high schools throughout Iowa, supporting both college planning and financial aid information events and impacting approximately 1,000 students and parents. Schools benefiting from Mount Mercy’s partnership include Assumption High School in Davenport, Columbus High School in Waterloo, Beckman High School in Dyersville, Wahlert High School in Dubuque and Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, West High School in Iowa City, West Delaware High School in Manchester, Monticello High School in Monticello, Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin, Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, Dowling High School in West Des Moines, Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville, Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Hempstead High School in Dubuque and Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona. 

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. Mount Mercy 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 Mount Mercy 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 Mount Mercy University, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to 15 high schools throughout the state of 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 Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 877-272-4692, emailing, or visiting

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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 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


About Mount Mercy University

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.


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