2016 Annual Report: Local College Access Networks (LCANs)
Through sustainable Local College Access Networks, Iowa College Aid uses a collective impact framework to increase educational attainment and address workforce needs. These networks connect local students and educational institutions with college access resources. “College” is defined broadly as postsecondary training, education that supports gainful employment, non-degree credential programs, four-year degrees and beyond. The 10 LCAN communities have more than 100 community partners, including colleges, school districts and area education agencies, chambers of commerce, community action agencies and foundations, elected officials, economic and workforce development agencies, ethnic and faith communities, employers, nonprofit and service organizations and public libraries. LCANs form cross-sector leadership teams, examine baseline data and create asset maps of existing resources. Leadership teams use the baseline data and asset maps to identify priorities and plan each LCAN’s specific agenda.
Goal: Increase college access, enrollment and completion through partnerships at the community level
Planning grants awarded: 10 grants totaling $107,500
Launch grants awarded: 6 grants totaling $310,000
Grant source: U.S. Department of Education