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GEAR UP -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Mission: The mission of the federal GEAR UP program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.

NMU's GEAR UP grant is also supported by the King Chavez Parks Initiative College Day Program. Together, these grants help to support the students at North Star Academy.


Stuck at home educational activities

Are you unsure how to keep your student engaged and actively learning while they're off from school?   Here are some resource links you might want to try.  Some sites offer activities that might also be appropriate for younger children, if you have any. 
 

No access or slow access to Internet? 

Charter Communications may have a solution for you.  It requires documentation and an application be filled out and sent in, bringing the cost to $14.99/month.  Check it out here.

State Safety On-line Courses

Are you looking for a few learning activities for your student?  Did you know the state safety courses are available on-line? 
Boater & ORV Safety
Hunter's Safety 


Virtual Tours of Michigan Colleges and Universities

Can't physically visit a campus?  Check out these virtual campus tours of colleges and universities around Michigan.  

  1. Calvin University
  2. Central Michigan University
  3. Delta College
  4. Eastern Michigan University
  5. Ferris State University
  6. Grand Rapids Community College
  7. Grand Valley State University
    1. First year housing tour
    2. Interactive campus maps
  8. Lake Michigan College
  9. Michigan State University
  10. Michigan Tech University
  11. Mid Michigan College
  12. Northern Michigan University
  13. Northwestern Michigan College
  14. Northwood University
  15. Oakland Community College
  16. Oakland University
  17. Olivet College
  18. Saginaw Valley State University
  19. Spring Arbor University
  20. Southwestern Michigan College
  21. University of Michigan
    1. Dorm Tour
  22. University Of Michigan - Flint
  23. Wayne State University
    1. Main campus
    2. Medical Campus
  24. Western Michigan University

 

 

MCAN launches free statewide College Advising Hotline

CALL: 810-373-5385

Michigan high school students can now receive timely answers to their questions about postsecondary education, thanks to a new college advising hotline. Michigan College Access Network and partners launched the hotline today in response to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, aiming to fill the gaps created by the statewide school closure order. 

The hotline can be reached by calling or texting 810-373-5385. It is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but hours will be adjusted as necessary to best serve the needs of students. The service is staffed by college advisers from MCAN's AdviseMI program and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. To help serve as many students as possible, the hotline initiative also is partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit College Access Network. For additional information, read the press release.

 

Fastest Growing Occupations through 2026

  1. Solar Photovoltaic Technician ($42,680)
  2. Wind Turbine Service Technician ($54,370)
  3. Home Health Aides ($24,200)
  4. Personal Care Aides ($24,020)
  5. Physician assistants ($108,610)
  6. Nurse Practitioners ($107,030)
  7. Statisticians ($87,780)
  8. Physical Therapist Assistants ($58,040)
  9. Software and Applications Developer ($103,620)
  10. Mathematician ($101,900)

Visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for more information.

 

Michigan's Hottest Careers through 2026

  1. Physician Assistants ($43- $58)
  2. Nurse Practitioner ($43- $55)
  3. Software and Applications Developer ($33- $53)
  4. Physical Therapist Assistants ($20- $30)
  5. Physical Therapist ($35- $48)
  6. Postsecondary Health Specialty Teacher ($36- $82)
  7. Market Research Analysts ($21- $40)
  8. Occupational Therapist ($31- $45)
  9. Dental Hygienists ($27- $34)
  10. Healthcare Social Workers ($22- $31)

Visit the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget for more information.

 


 

Helpful Tools

Check out these resources that can assist in your preparation for furthering your education.

 

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