START: Students, Families and Partnering Schools




The following pages within our website are specifically designed for students, families and partnering schools!  We hope you find our information useful. 


Steps to College

LCAN Services and Programs



Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD)

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September 2015 Research Brief:

How do Michigan parents rate their school district and its success in preparing students and providing skills for the next step in life?

See the newsletter here! Smart Priorities for Schools

Cobalt Community Research is a 501c3 nonprofit coalition created to help schools, governmental and nonprofit organizations measure, benchmark, and manage their efforts through high-quality affordable surveys, focus groups, and facilitated meetings.



College is postsecondary education
“College” refers to the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity
Postsecondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete a postsecondary credential or degree beyond high school.

College is for everyone
The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. We are committed to closing these gaps.

College is a public good
Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.

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