Mission, Vision, Values

Mission: The Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN) is a community collaborative focused on making completion of post-secondary education an achievable reality for all residents of the capital area.  Our community fosters high educational aspirations and will align our institutions and resources to advance that vision.  Our mission is to increase college and career readiness, participation, and completion.

Our Values:

College is Post Secondary Education:  CapCAN uses the term "college" to refer to the attainment of valuable post-secondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity:  Post-secondary education is a prerequisite to success in a knowledge-based economy.

College is for everyone:  CapCAN is committed to closing the gaps in post-secondary educational attainment among low-income, students of color, and first generation college students.

College is a Public Good:  Post-secondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.

College is a cultural norm.  A college-going mindset is fostered among and across the community. 

How will we accomplish our Vision, Mission, and Goals?

  • Build a college-going culture in our schools and community.
  • Facilitate systems that support student navigation to pursue and succeed in post-secondary education
  • Advocate for comprehensive system of community services and activities that improve access to post-secondary opportunities for students and adult learners.

Our Board and Fiscal Agent

The Ingham Intermediate School District and Eaton Regional Educational Service Agency provide on-going college and career support throughout the region for students K-12.  The Capital Area United Way serves as the fiduciary entity for CapCAN.  The CapCAN Executive Leadership Board is comprised of representatives from higher education, K-12, business, economic development organizations, funders, youth service organizations, students, and their families.