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Truman State University Partners with ICAN to Increase Access to Higher Education

February 18, 2013

 Truman State University Partners with ICAN to Increase Access 

to Higher Education

College and Career Readiness Programming Fuels Economic Growth in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (February 18, 2013) — Truman 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.

“We are truly excited by the opportunity to partner with ICAN – college accessibility is crucial to the future of our students and our long-term economic prosperity as a region. ICAN does a great job of making every middle and high school student in Iowa aware of higher education opportunities, and we are proud to work alongside them in this endeavor,” says Matt Magruder, Truman State University Admissions. “Our support will enable students across Iowa – and their parents – to have access to critical college planning and financial aid information and resources, leading to positive student outcomes.”

Through its partnership with ICAN, Truman State University will provide support to Ankeny High School in Ankeny and Valley High School in West Des Moines, impacting approximately 900 students and parents.

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. Truman 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 Truman 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 Truman State University, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to Ankeny and Valley High Schools 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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