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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 20, 2013

Northwest partners with ICAN to increase higher education access

Northwest Missouri 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.

“ICAN does a great job of making every middle and high school student in Iowa aware of career and higher education opportunities, and we are proud to be a partner in this important work,” says Larry Mannasmith, an admissions representative at Northwest. “Our support will enable students – and their parents – to have access to critical college planning and financial aid information and resources, along with expert guidance and support, leading to positive student outcomes.”

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. Northwest 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 Northwest Missouri State University in advancing career and college access readiness programming throughout the state of Iowa,” said 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 Northwest Missouri State University, ICAN is able to deliver the College Access Power Plan to communities across Iowa 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 visit www.ICANsucceed.org/calendar. Students can also contact ICAN toll-free at 877.272.4692, emailing ICAN@ICANsucceed.org or visiting www.icansucceed.org.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468