Local College Access Network

Local College Access Networks (LCANs) provide funding, consultation, and technical assistance to raise communities' educational attainment.

Local College Access Networks are communities in Iowa working to improve college attainment

  • Sustained change through cross-sector coordination.
  • Create relationships based on shared responsibility and develop a common agenda.
  • Make evidence-based decisions based on community needs and assets.

Meeting Community Education Needs Through Collaborative Efforts

What: Local College Access Network partnerships to raise communities' educational attainment.

How: Iowa College Aid provides funding, training, and technical assistance to align the efforts of education, business, government, philanthropy, and nonprofits.

Why: Local leaders are in the best position to identify each community's individual needs and to foster systems change to address them.

Local College Access Networks use the Collective Impact framework — bringing together leaders from all sectors of the community — to increase college access, enrollment, and completion to meet workforce demands. These leaders assess the community's resources and needs to create a common agenda Strategies are developed to:

  • Eliminate the equity gap for minority and low-income students.
  • Build awareness of career opportunities: job shadows, internships, and business connections.
  • Raise the percentage of students who intend to pursue college degrees or credentials.
  • Increase FAFSA completion.
  • Offer training opportunities for adults to address unemployment nad underemployment.
  • Make the Local College Access Network sustainable through trust and long-term relationships among partners.

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