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The Detroit College Access Network is extremely to have you join us at the 2023 Metro Detroit College Access Conference at Wayne State University. This 2-day conference is an opportunity for College Access Professionals to engage in a learning environment to identify strategies for improving your current college-going culture within your school/organization.

Due to the number of registrations received we are close to our capacity for the event. At this time you will be placed on a waiting list for the event. 

Keynote Speakers


Aya Waller-Bey

Doctoral Candidate in Sociology

University of Michigan 

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Nicole Boelk

Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Oakland University 

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 12, 2023

8:00 AM - Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 AM - Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker - Aya Waller Bey, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University Of Michigan

10:00 AM - Breakout Session One

11:10 AM - Breakout Sessions Two

12:10 PM - Lunch & Panel Discussion
MIchigan Assured Admissions Pact Panel Discussion

1:45 PM - Breakout Session One

Friday, October 13, 2023

8:00 AM - Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 AM - Plenary Session
Keynote Speaker - Aya Waller Bey, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University Of Michigan

10:20 AM - Breakout Session Two

11:30 AM - Breakout Sessions Two

12:30 PM - Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM - Mental Health Matters

2:30 PM - Dismissal

2:45 PM - Dismissal

Conferene Schedule

Breakout Sessions (Thursday)

Breakout Session

Capacity Building and caseload Management for School Counselors

Nicole Carter & Donyelle Powell Success Coach Wayne State University

The workshop will focus on how DPSCD will be using Xello for course auditing and college planning. We will also be sharing best practices around time management and classroom guidance lessons.

Building Community in Higher Education and Cultivating Relationships through High School Dual Enrollment Initiatives.

Stacy Jackson, Associate Director, Educational Outreach Wayne State University

A discussion on how to build a sense of community in higher education, create and expand academic program opportunities, cultivate relationships with high schools and their student population within Detroit and Surrounding Communities.

The New Digital SAT: How It’s Changed, Why It’s Important, and What to Do

Sorscha Jarman, Founding Member and Program Manager EnACT Your Future, Inc.

This workshop will explain how the SAT has changed, how “test-optional” schools are treating the test, and how students can better prepare for it. Participants will understand the digital test’s structural changes and the new logistics of taking the test. Participants will also understand how “test optional” is impacting general college admissions practices and what that means for students taking the SAT. Finally, participants will leave with a few high-level, universal strategies that will shape both how students prepare and how they take the test.

From Ideation to Execution: How to Design Postsecondary Access & Success Programs with Fidelity

Vanita Sanders, Beyond A Diploma Educational Consulting

This session will provide attendees with a framework for designing and implementing holistic postsecondary access and success programs that are effective and equitable. Participants will learn how to: Identify and assess the needs of their target population Leverage community partnerships to meet the needs of students and programs Use project management tools to support Implement programs with fidelity and sustainability Evaluate program outcomes and make necessary adjustments The session will be led by an experienced practitioner who has designed and implemented successful postsecondary access and success programs for over 20 years. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and learn from the insights of others. Attendee Learning Goals: Define holistic postsecondary access and success and explain its importance Identify the key components of effective and equitable postsecondary access and success programs Develop a framework for designing and implementing postsecondary access and success programs Apply fidelity principles to ensure the effective implementation of postsecondary access and success programs


"The Money Game: How To Turn Test Scores Into Scholarship Dollars"

Mark J Mayberry, ExamExperts Global President and CEO

"The Money Game: How To Turn Test Scores Into Scholarship Dollars" is a step-by-step, comprehensive presentation of the SAT/ACT exams -- what's tested, how it's scored, what score levels will generate scholarships, exam taking strategies, and strategies educators can use to help their students maximize their scores. Also, information about preparation for the SAT and ACT exam will be shared. ExamExperts Global has helped students attain over 50 million dollars in scholarships due to higher test scores and grades. We look forward to partnering with DCAN to create more success stories in 2023-2024!

College Planning Course and CBMI

Cheyenne Peters, Cheyenne Peters Michigan College Access Network

Michigan College Access Network provides schools, districts and community organizations with professional development, grant money and resources to support postsecondary access and completion. In this session, you will learn how to get free access to our newly developed College and Career Planning Course: Your Future Matters as well as money to try innovative postsecondary strategies in your organization!"

FAFSA Deep Dive

Carrie Gilchrist, Ph.D. Senior Financial Aid Outreach Adviser Oakland University



Wayne State University

McGregor Memorial Conference Center

495 Gilmour Mall, Detroit, MI 48202


Parking Structure #1

450 W. Palmer Ave,

Detroit, MI 48202

(5 minute walk)

Registration Includes

2-Day Conference Access

Dynamic Keynote Speakers

Over 15 Breakout Sessions

Continental Breakfast & Lunch

 College/Career SCECH Credits

Free Parking

Event Sponsor

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