2016 STATEWIDE ADVOCACY AGENDA
The Michigan Center for Student Success encourages collaboration among Michigan’s 28 community colleges to increase degree attainment and strengthen transfer pathways. The newly created Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) provides every student in Michigan access to earn 30 college credits at a low-cost community college with the guarantee that all 30 credits will transfer to a four-year institution and count toward a bachelor’s degree. The next step is to expand this opportunity by creating career pathways to guarantee seamless transfer of an associate degree.
EARLY COLLEGE CREDIT
Every community college in Michigan has an early or middle college program – up from only two that had programs in 2011. In addition, the number of students participating in dual enrollment has increased 75 percent during the past five years from 12,992 in 2010 to 22,783 in 2015. Many of these students are now also taking advantage of dual enrollment options in career and technical education programs.
MICHIGAN COLLEGES ONLINE
Michigan Colleges Online provides a state-of-the-art web portal that grants students access to more than 2,500 online courses from any community college in Michigan while using their home college for services such as advising, transcripts, and financial aid. Newly created technology expands course availability and guides student progress on recommended pathways to success and more timely completion.
Many people in Michigan seek to further their education but do not have the flexibility to relocate. Still others lack the resources to afford a traditional four-year university degree. The ability of community colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs in applied and technical areas provides options for people to gain the skills they need to move forward in their career pathway in many high demand occupations.
The Michigan New Jobs Training Program is an economic development incentive created in 2008 that authorizes community colleges to provide customized training for newly hired workers in good-paying jobs. Leveraging community colleges to attract and retain employers in Michigan has supported the training of nearly 14,000 contracted new jobs and could be used to support thousands more if not for statutory limits on the size of the program.