Iowa College Aid announces college access grants

Thursday, August 8, 2019


Elizabeth Keest Sedrel
(o) 515-725-3417  (c) 515-710-1257

$97,850 will go two new collaborative networks

Iowa College Aid today announced a new round of Local College Access Network (LCAN) grants, awarding $97,850 to two partnerships recently formed to increase education levels and meet workforce needs.

The Story County CAN will receive $47,850, and the OPT-in CAN for System Involved Youth (for youth formerly in foster care) will receive $50,000, bringing the current total of LCANs in Iowa to 13.

Most LCANs are centered on a geographic area, like Story County, while some serve a specific student population statewide, like OPT-in. All share the goal of increasing college access, enrollment, and completion using a framework known as “Collective Impact.” Iowa College Aid provides grant money, training, technical assistance, and professional development. Each LCAN hires a coordinator and forms a leadership team that draws from multiple sectors of the community: education, business, government, workforce development, and religious and nonprofit organizations. The team then identifies barriers to college access, as well as local assets and resources, and develops goals specific to that community.

“LCANs put communities in a position to support residents who want to continue education beyond high school,” said Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid. “That education not only makes individual Iowans more employable, it helps move the whole state toward our Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of the workforce will have education or training beyond high school by 2025.”

In addition to Story County and OPT-in, other LCANs currently in the Year I phase are:

  • Black Hawk County CAN
  • Carroll Area CAN
  • Latinos CAN
  • Quad Cities CAN
  • Queer Supports Advisory Team (QSAT)

LCANs in the Year II phase:

  • Aligned Impact Muscatine (AIM)
  • Dubuque CAN
  • Mason City CAN
  • Ottumwa Cradle-College-Career (C3)

LCANs in the Year III phase:

  • Mission Possible Franklin County
  • Sioux City CAN

To date, Iowa College Aid has awarded a total of $1,605,812 in LCAN grants.

Find more information about Iowa’s LCANs on the Iowa College Aid website.