Spotlight: LCAN

LCAN: Valeria Gonzalez, Mission Possible—Hampton

Mission Possible lived up to its name with its very first goal. The Hampton-based Local College Access Network began with a focus on FAFSA completion rates, hoping to raise them from 53 percent in 2015-16 to 56 percent in 2016-17. The rate jumped all the way to 69 percent, passing both state and national averages. “We are working collectively with community, education, business and industry to make this happen,” says Valeria, who is North Iowa Area Community College’s bilingual enrollment advisor and Mission Possible’s network supervisor and FAFSA Completion Committee chair. “The rural Iowa education crisis is real,” she says. “Only 26 percent of Franklin County residents have completed some education past high school, and our LCAN is dedicated to increasing that percentage.”

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 12:13am.