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Education SceneEducation Beyond High Schoolsuch as with the Healthcare Pipeline, a col- laboration with WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Kellogg Commu- nity College. This new program is focused on diversifying the future workforce by en- couraging socio-economically challenged and minority middle school students to explore a career in health. The first year in Battle Creek was piloted through Lakeview Middle School. There was no cost to partic- ipate in this program led by WMU medical students and KCC program students. The results included a decrease in absenteeism and behavior challenges. Additionally, 77% of the students increased their GPA and 100% plan to attend college now with 80% intending to pursue a health care career. It is often said that students who participate in a quality pipeline program are more prepared academically and socially for when they at- tend college or other postsecondary training programs. This program supports that.BY SHERII SHERBANWith the collaboration and coordina- tion of many community organizations, the Battle Creek College Access Network (BC CAN), a supporting organization of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, is leading the way in aligning resources throughout our community to make post- secondary education and training available to all Battle Creek area residents.Sophomore Future Track, FAFSA work- shops, and SAT test prep.BC CAN exists to assist students in gaining access to information necessary to obtain education beyond high school. The staff is ready to help individuals achieve their educational goals to prepare them for the career of their dreams.The Sophomore Future Track (SFT) event is a special program intended to as- sist students with either narrowing their future interests or possibly helping them to see their interests in an expanded way. “The program would not be successful without the collaboration of area busi- nesses and organizations willing to open their doors on this day to spend time with area students,” said Terry Burleson, BC CAN program manager. The program has expanded over time and has had as many as 950 students with over 60 businesses providing hands-on experiences. When the day is complete both the businesses and students have found great value in partic- ipating in the program.“We seek to assist anyone looking to- ward a postsecondary education from two- and four-year college degrees to ap- prenticeships, certificate programs to trade schools, and more,” said Laura Zalle, BC CAN program officer. “We are intention- ally seeking to broaden the definition of postsecondary education to include more options than traditional college.”A variety of events and workshops de- signed to assist students and parents will be offered in the coming year includingThe speaker this year will be Terri Tchrozynski, Counselor at Calhoun Area Career Center, 2017 Michigan School Counselor of the Year, and later named National School Counselor of the Year. If your business is interested in hosting stu- dents on Wednesday, March 20th, call Ter- ry at (269) 719-8228.Thecollegeis for ever yoneBC CAN PROGRAMS:• Free FAFSA Workshops• Free SAT Prep Workshops• Annual Sophomore Future Track Event• Career PathwayPublications• Healthcare Career Pipeline Program269-719-8228www.battlecreekcan.orgBattle Creek College Access Network (BC CAN) is committed to providingrelentless community leadership to connect students to college and career opportunities for a brighter future. Through community partnerships, programming, and events, we work to establish a college-going culture by nurturing and guiding students of all ages with support and resources to make education after ahigh school a reality. By the year 2025, at least 60% of Americans will need a high-quality degree, certificate or credential to meet the growing need for talent in our local businesses and organizations BC CAN wants everyone to believe that college is also a necessity; college is for everyone; college is a public good.Follow us on Instagram! @bccan_legacyscholars Like us on Facebook! Battle Creek CAN10SCENE 4403 I EDUCATION ISSUEPrograms start as early as middle school,The reality is that no one can look to college without first taking either the ACT or the SAT. The earlier a student takes the test the better; as they may choose to take the test again. Michigan has switched to being an SAT state. As a result, SAT prep workshops are now offered. However, stu- dents are still able to elect to take the ACT outside of their high school.Information regarding programs can be accessed through the BC CAN website at, from staff, or on the new Battle Creek CAN mobile app. “The mobile app is a resource for students and parents alike and it’s free to down- load,” added Terry. “It is education-based and seeks to inform.” The app provides information on all the programs included here and more. Download the app entitled “Battle Creek CAN” today in both Google Play Store and Apple Store.Battle Creek CAN establishes a col- lege-going culture by nurturing and guid- ing students of all ages through high school graduation and providing support and resources to make education after high school a reality. Visit www.battlecreek- to get started learning more about these programs. You can also access www. to learn about commu- nity scholarships through the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

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