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Livingston Career and College Access Network

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Our Purpose

Mission

In order to build and sustain a vibrant economy and healthy community, the Livingston County community must ensure all residents acquire a postsecondary credential. We believe that increasing knowledge of career options, as well as removing barriers to life-long education and career advancement, will assist in achieving this goal.

Postsecondary education is any kind of certificate or degree completion program that provides a transferable award.

According to The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce by the year 2020, 70% of the jobs in Michigan will require postsecondary education. Their labor market projects shows how crucial the Big Goal is to our economy. It projects the shortfall of degrees nationally to be 3 million by 2018. Further, it’s data shows that by 2018, 63% of all jobs will require postsecondary training and degrees. For Michigan to reach it’s goal of 60% by 2025, we need approximately 1.3 million additional degrees and certificates.

Our Vision

Livingston College Access Network will build an education, qualified, sustainable, flexible, and adaptable workforce that is attractive to employers by:

Lowering systematic barriers preventing citizens from pursuing and completing career planning activities and postsecondary education.

Delivering a comprehensive and coordinated set of postsecondary access services to students, particularly those who come from low-income families or are first in their families to pursue postsecondary education.

Our Goals

By 2025, 60% of the residents in Livingston County will have a postsecondary degree or valuable credential.

All Livingston County students will...

Be socially, academically, and financially prepared for postsecondary study in an identified career path by the end of high school.

Begin pursuit of advanced education or training within six months of high school graduation.

Complete a college degree or postsecondary credential within six years of high school graduation.

Financial Readiness

Increase the percentage of Livingston County students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The most commonly cited barrier to postsecondary education is college affordability. Along with being socially, informationally, and academically ready, it is equally important that all students have access to the necessary funds to enroll, persist, and complete a degree/certificate.

Why is this Important?

With the growing media surrounding the increasing average student loan debt, many students have been left wondering, "Is college worth it?". Research shows that individuals with a college degree make, on average, one million dollars more over the course of their lifetime than an individual with only a high school diploma. Research also shows that middle and high school students perceive the cost of college to be 1 million dollars or more. We must ensure students have the financial knowledge, literacy, and readiness to understand the costs and benefits of postsecondary education, and that they have the means available to enroll and complete their degree or credential.

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Completing the FAFSA

The financial readiness of students is calculated by the percentage of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The data depicted below is a ratio between the number of FAFSA forms completed in Michigan by first-time filers, no older than 18 years of age, who will have received their high school diploma by the start of the following academic year, and the estimated number of seniors enrolled in the state of Michigan. The FAFSA completion data is provided by Federal Student Aid within the U.S. Department of Education. The senior enrollment data is collected by the Center for Educational Performance and is communicated through MI School Data. MI School Data provides a wealth of data on Michigan's public school education system that will help make informed educational decisions, help improve instruction and enable school systems to prepare a higher percentage of students to succeed in rigorous high school courses and postsecondary education.

Livingston County FAFSA Completion

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2015-2016, 53% of Livingston County seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This represents an increase of 2% from the previous year and no change from the baseline.

Source: Federal Student Aid data Center (as of end of June, annually)

Postsecondary Enrollment

Increase the percentage of Livingston County students that enroll in postsecondary education within 6 months of graduation.

The 21st Century global economy demands education beyond high school, whether it is a high-skilled certification, an Associate Degree, a Bachelor's Degree, or beyond. In order to complete a degree, students must first enroll in a postsecondary institution that is a good match or "fit" for their aspirations, academic aptitude, and career ambitions.

Why is this Important?

For generations, Michigan families were able to rely on a high school diploma to provide a middle-class lifestyle thanks to the robust labor market of the automobile manufacturing industry. Livingston Career and College Access Network leads the charge in changing the hearts and minds of Livingston County residents by espousing the mantra that a high school diploma simply is not enough to compete in the 21st century global economy. There are many individual and community benefits of postsecondary education. Some benefits include: increased median income, decreased unemployment rates, lower smoking rates, lower incarceration rates, higher levels of civic participation including volunteerism, voting and blood donation.

HOW ARE WE DOING?

College Enrollment

The percent of students who enroll in college is tracked through MI School Data. MI School Data provides a wealth of data on Michigan's public school education system that will help make informed educational decisions, help improve instruction and enable school systems to prepare a higher percentage of students to succeed in rigorous high school courses and postsecondary education. College Enrollment data from the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) is matched against national college enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to create a full data set. NSC is a third-party data warehouse that collects enrollment data from over 90% of colleges in the U.S. The measure below presents the percent of recent high school graduates who enroll in a postsecondary institution within 6 months of high school graduation.

Postsecondary Enrollment within 6 months of Graduation

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2014-2015, 66.1% of high school graduates enrolled in a higher education institution within 6 months of high school graduation.

This represents a decrease of of 4.8% from the previous year.


Postsecondary Enrollment within 6 months of Graduation

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2014-2015, 45.3% of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in college, as compared to 66.1% of all students.

While a gap persists the gap has decreased by 0.6% since the baseline in 2012-13.

Source: mischooldata.org

Postsecondary Persistence

Increase the percentage of Livingston County students who persist for a second year in postsecondary education.

While focusing on increasing student access to postsecondary educational opportunities, it is equally vital to work to increase college persistence and completion. In order to increase the percent of residents in Michigan with high quality degrees and credentials we must ensure our students are both accessing and succeeding in postsecondary education at higher rates than the status quo.

Why is this Important?

It is a national imperative that we increase the percentage of people with postsecondary credentials. Currently in Michigan, over one-third of the students who enroll in college are not returning for a second year. Increasing persistence and credit accumulation is necessary to increase postsecondary degree and credential completion and attainment. Michigan must find successful ways to support students while they are in college to ensure that students not only have the opportunity to enroll in college but also to persist through completion.

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Credit Accumulation

The percent of students who persist in college is tracked through MI School Data and calculated as the number of college-enrolled students who accumulate 24 college credits within 12 months of high school graduation. This data includes only Michigan public high school graduates earning at least 24 college credits at an Institution of Higher Education as an undergraduate student. Twenty-four credits are used as the threshold to be consistent with the Common College Metrics from the National Governor's Association. MI School Data provides a wealth of data on Michigan's public school education system that will help make informed educational decisions, help improve instruction and enable school systems to prepare a higher percentage of students to succeed in rigorous high school courses and postsecondary education. The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) collected the data depicted. NSC is a third-party data warehouse that collects enrollment data from over 90% of colleges in the U.S. The measure below presents the percent of students who accumulate 24 college credits within 12 months of high school graduation.

Graduates Enrolled Achieveing at least 24 Credits in 12 Months

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2013-2014, 46.6% of high school graduates enrolled in a higher education institution achieved at least 24 credits within 16 months.

This represents a increase of 0.4% from the previous and baseline year.

Graduates Enrolled Achieveing at least 24 Credits in 12 Months

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2013-2014, 21.8% of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in college accumulated at least 24 credits within 12 months, as compared to 46.6% of all students.

The gap between all students and economically disadvantaged students has increased by 1.6% from the previous and baseline year.

Source: www.mischooldata.org

Postsecondary Completion

Increase the percentage of Livingston County students who complete a postsecondary credential within 6 years of high school graduation.

The United States was once the most well-educated county in the world. Over the past 40 years, the United States has remained stagnant in the percentage of residents with postsecondary degrees or credentials. To meet the demands of the workforce and to regain our prominence as the most well-educated country on the planet, we must dramatically increase the number college graduates each year until 2025.

Why is this important?

In alignment with the rest of the nation, Michigan must work to dramatically increase the percentage of its citizens with high quality credentials and degrees. If Michigan continues on the current path, it is projected that by the year 2025, 43% of Michiganders will have a high quality degree or credential. According to analyses of occupational data and workforce trends, we know that by 2018, 62% of available jobs in Michigan will require education beyond high school.

Between now and 2018, Michigan will need to fill 1.3 million vacancies resulting from job creation, worker retirements, and other factors. Of those vacancies 836,000 will require some sort of postsecondary credential. If we continue on our current path, we are on track to have a postsecondary credential shortfall of 928,506 by the year 2025.

HOW ARE WE DOING?

6-Year Degree and Certificate Program Completion

This rate represents the percentage of students who successfully completed a degree or certificate program within 6 years of high school graduation.

Certificate and Degree Completon within 6 Years of Graduation

WHAT IT TELLS US:

For graduating class of 2008-2009, 43.3% of high school graduates completed a postsecondary degree or certificate within 6 years of high school graduation.

This represents an increase of 1.3% from the previous and baseline year.

Source: www.mischooldata.org

Postsecondary Attainment

By 2025, 60% of residents in Livingston County will have a postsecondary degree or valuable credential.

Per capita income and college attainment rates are closely correlated. The educational rates of a state's citizenry are highly and positively correlated to economic prosperity of the state. Michigan's economic future depends on our ability to produce and attract more college graduates to our state.

Why is this important?

National data from the most recent recession and recovery show a net gain of over 2 million jobs for Bachelor's degree holders and above, near zero net change for those with an associate degree or some college, and a net loss of over 5 million jobs for people with a high school diploma or less. Even during the recovery, those with a high school diploma or less have continued to lose jobs while those with a Bachelor's Degree or higher gained. If we can’t supply Michigan's labor market with enough people who have the necessary knowledge and skills, economic growth will be severely constricted.

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Adult Degree Attainment

The education attainment rate is estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The percent of Michigan working-aged adults (25-64) with an associate degree or higher is calculated based on a 5-year data collection estimate from the American Community Survey.

Livingston County Working-Aged Adults with an Associate Degree or Higher

WHAT IT TELLS US:

In 2014, 45.51% of Livingston County’s working-aged adults (25-64) had an associate degree or higher.

This represents an increase of .23%% from the previous year and an increase of 1.28% from the baseline.


Source: American Community Survey, 5-year estimates, U.S. Census Bureau, http://factfinder2.census.gov
Lumina Foundation, Annual Stronger Nation Report