Muskegon Opportunity has compiled a number of local, regional and even statewide resources for students and their families, partnering schools, partnering colleges and universities and community residents alike. The following resources all work to create a consistent message for our community in the methods of how to Start, Stay and Succeed in college.
Currently our focus is in resources that make a collective impact county-wide in the areas of:
Increasing College Culture/Aspirations and Increasing Financial Readiness
We invite you to browse through these links, print off any documents that might be useful and of course contact us if you have any questions!
College Aspirations and Career Exploration
- MichiganColleges.org – Resources to Private Colleges
- Big Futures/College Board
- West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades – Local Union 174
- Mind Trekkers! The “WOW” of STEM in the hands of students
- Parchment – Send, request and store transcripts
- MAT2 – Pure Michigan, Talent Connect
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Community Foundation for Muskegon County
- Muskegon Community College
- Baker College
- MI 529 Advisor Plan – http://www.mi529advisor.com/
- Michigan Education Trust – https://www.michigan.gov/
- Michigan Education Savings Program – https://www.misaves.com/
- Education Training Voucher (ETV) – Resources for Youth Pursuing College
- Fostering Success Michigan – http://
- Fostering Success at Western Michigan University/The Seita Scholars Program – http://wmich.edu/
- Ferris Youth Initiative website and application
administration/president/ DiversityOffice/fofyi/ homepage.htm
Note: Students and families have more tools than ever to decipher college prices and financial aid. College websites are required by law to have net-price calculators, to help people estimate what they would really pay, rather than relying on inflated sticker prices.
The government’s own College Navigator provides a range of information on each institution, including costs. And the Obama administration’s financial aid “shopping sheet” aims to let people make apples-to-apples comparisons among colleges, just by using consistent definitions.
Muskegon Opportunity and Community Engagement
Additional Resources for community engagement and success:
- West Michigan Works!
- Michigan Consortium for Educational Research
- College Positive Communities video
- Lumina Foundation – Goal 2025
- Lumina Foundation – Strategy Labs
- College Is…Its My Life video
- March 2 Success: Test Preparation
- Army Ed Space: STEM programming
- AEOP: Army-sponsored internships and practical experiences
- National Service – AmeriCorp: State and National
- United States Senate – Military Academy
From our archived College Access Workshops
*Note: Archived materials may be outdated. Below items are for reference only. As new resources become available, updates will be shared.
- College admission types
- College application process basics
- College application materials
- College application tracker (blank)
- College application tracker (sample)
- Financial aid
- College cost basics
- College costs in Michigan
- College applications and essays
- College application/scholarship essay process
- Pre-college resume sample 1
- Pre-college resume sample 2
- Essay brainstorming exercise 1
- Essay brainstorming exercise 2
- Educational development plans
- Educational development plan worksheet
Do you know of other helpful college planning and college readiness resources that should be included in our list? We welcome your suggestions!