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.
Currently only 27.5 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.