Barry CAN!’s work is supported by the Barry County community and Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), which was established in 2010 as a statewide coordinating body that exists to increase the college readiness, participation, and completion rates for students.
In 2017, only 35.5 percent of Barry County, Michigan’s population, 25 years and older, have a post-secondary degree. Armed with the knowledge that by the year 2025, 60% of Michigan jobs will require a post-secondary education, Barry County as a community must work together to build a trained workforce. The Community Need is apparent.
Barry CAN! has adopted MCAN’s Goal 2025, for Barry County specifically – to increase the percentage of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60% by the year 2025. Barry CAN! held its first Leadership Team meeting in 2015 and first worked to create a Common Agenda which defines its purpose, goals, and the metrics used to measure successes. A Dashboard reports accomplishments to date.