PHS Selected to Host College Advisers

Port Huron Schools Selected to Host College Advisers
Posted on 10/03/2018
MCAN LogoPort Huron High School and Port Huron Northern will again host a college adviser this fall as part of the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) AdviseMI program. They are Sydney Grewe at Port Huron High School and Eric Pietrzak at Port Huron Northern. Now in its fourth year, AdviseMI aims to increase the number of students who pursue education beyond high school.

AdviseMI focuses on placing recent college graduates to serve as college advisers in high schools with low college-going rates. They work alongside school counselors and other staff to facilitate a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary education.

“For four years, AdviseMI has served as an important resource helping students navigate the college-going process,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director. “As recent college graduates themselves, our advisers offer important insight to students. The advisers are specially trained to help students understand a vital message not every student is told -- they are college material.”

New advisers completed an intensive four-week training this summer to prepare them for the 2018-2019 school year. Some advisers will split their time between two high schools to allow 56 college advisers to serve a total of 71 high schools across the state. Advisers will focus on helping students research various college options, retake admission tests, apply to colleges, complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to secure financial aid, and enroll in postsecondary institutions.

AdviseMI recently received the Outstanding National Service Award at the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. This award honors programs that make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.

The advisers are recent graduates from 18 partner colleges, including Adrian College, Alma College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

See the full list of the 71 participating high schools