Gov. Whitmer joins college access advocacy day

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Last month we reported on the Governors proposed moving $908 million from the education fund to post secondary education.

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke at the third annual College Access Advocacy Day event about the importance of college access for students.

The Governor has set a goal to have 60-percent of Michiganders with college degrees by 2030.

Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) is striving to increase FASFA completion rates, add more school counselors, and increase support for higher education.

“Participants from across the state came to Lansing to send an important message to lawmakers: college is a
necessity," said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN interim executive director.

He added, "Education beyond high school is critical for Michigan’s future.”

In her remarks to those in attendance, the Governor noted how important all of this is for students.

"My budget represents the greatest investment in our children and a generation of Michigan kids..."

Whitmer also mentioned that it is all dependent on the gas tax.

Michigan has a post secondary attainment rate of 45-percent this year.

An increase from last years 35.7-percent.