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Sylvan Learning Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher Education

November 14, 2012

 Sylvan Learning Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher 

College and Career Readiness Programming Fuels Economic Growth in Iowa 
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (November 15, 2012) — The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) 
is pleased to welcome Sylvan Learning as a 2013 member organization. As a member, 
Sylvan will partner with ICAN to provide comprehensive college and career readiness 
programming and resources for students and parents at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, 
and Hempstead High School in Dubuque. 
“ICAN is such a great partner for Sylvan because ICAN actually goes into each school and 
already has a relationship with students and parents,” explained Patty Wright, director of 
community outreach at Sylvan Learning in Cedar Rapids. “By becoming a member of ICAN, 
Sylvan can take the next step with students and parents, helping them achieve the best ACT 
scores, develop better study skills, relieve test taking anxiety and preparing them for their 
future success.” 
Sylvan Learning is a supplemental education resource within the Cedar Rapids community, 
which focuses on the individual student’s academic needs. Through individualized 
assessments, Sylvan is able to create customized learning experiences, tailored to each 
child’s exact needs. The Sylvan Learning program puts an emphasis on working with local 
school systems and neighborhood organizations to create educational initiatives that benefit 
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“ICAN welcomes Sylvan Learning as a member of our network,” explained Rob Miller, 
executive director of ICAN. “Our aim is to bring together business and industry leaders in 
Iowa communities that have a passion for and see the importance of increased educational 
attainment. Studies indicate that 90 percent of the fastest growing careers require postsecondary training or education and ICAN offers the most complete, step-by-step guide for 
parents and students to prepare for these careers and life after high school. With the 
wonderful support from members such as Sylvan Learning, ICAN is able to deliver college 
planning, financial aid awareness, and financial literacy information and resources to Iowa 
communities at no cost to the school, its students, or families.” 
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 nearly 
300,000 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 visit Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 
877-272-4692, emailing, or visiting 
Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about membership with ICAN can 
contact Rob Miller at (515) 423-4200 or email 


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