Ferris State University will host the annual Michigan Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (MiCEP) Conference on October 9 at the University in Big Rapids. The conference will focus on best practices related to concurrent and dual enrollment, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP) standards, and research that is relevant to college-in-high-school programs.
“The MiCEP Conference is the best place for secondary and postsecondary educators to learn about concurrent and dual enrollment best practices and research, among other topics,” pointed out Dr. DeeDee Stakley, MiCEP President and Director of the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships at Ferris. “Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other dual and concurrent enrollment professionals from Michigan.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from three keynote speakers and attend breakout sessions. Conference attendees will be the first to hear an exciting announcement from MiCEP and the Michigan College Access Network regarding future partnership opportunities.
Patrick Cannon, the President of the NACEP Board of Directors, is the opening speaker. Cannon has been involved in concurrent for 25 years. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Advance College Project at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Cannon has been a NACEP Member-at-Large, as a member of the NACEP Government Relations Committee and as a NACEP State and Regional Affiliate Council Member.
Ryan Fewins-Bliss, the Interim Executive Director of the Michigan College Access Network, will speak about the organization’s current statewide initiatives pertaining to the Governor’s goal of 60% college degree attainment for Michigan residents by 2030.
Brandy Johnson serves as the Policy Advisor for Postsecondary Education and Workforce
Development for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. She is focused on the Governor’s
statewide college attainment goal of 60 percent by 2030, and mobilizes support for
the Governor’s proposed scholarship programs, MI Opportunity and Michigan Reconnect.
Prior to joining the Governor’s administration, she served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Collage Access Network. She founded the organization in 2010 after serving as the state College Access Coordinator for Governor Jennifer Granholm.
While under Johnson’s leadership at MCAN, Michigan’s postsecondary attainment rate has increased from 36 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2019. Johnson’s leadership has aided in the development and growth of MCAN, in addition to the college access movement nationally. MCAN supports statewide and local efforts to expand education beyond high school in Michigan by developing partnerships with local, state and national organizations in the education sector, offering additional training to school counselors, and working with high schools to implement college initiatives such as Michigan College Month, AdviseMI, College Cash Campaign and College Decision Day.
She holds a master’s degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University.
“We are honored to have Patrick, Ryan, and Brandy joining us for the conference,” said Stakley. “They are experts regarding college opportunities for high school students and college access.”
MiCEP is an official state chapter of the NACEP. The purpose of this organization is to support concurrent enrollment programs through the advocacy of quality initiatives that promote student access and completion, program development, professional development, communication, and high quality standards.
Key focus areas include:
- Disseminating the NACEP standards of quality concurrent enrollment programs
- Providing professional development to all interested parties concerning quality concurrent enrollment programs, including discussions for best practices and challenges
- Serving as a state advocate for concurrent enrollment
- Fostering strong partnerships between postsecondary and secondary institutions
- Advocate and educate for concurrent enrollment with stakeholders and legislators