• Youth Solutions

Community College to University – A Three-Part Series


University of Michigan

To help our youth make educated decisions on postsecondary education pathways, we are partnering with the University of Michigan (U-M) to offer a three-part series on the benefits of starting at a Michigan community college before transferring to a university. This is part of the important work we are doing along with one of our 2021 event sponsors, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), to expose youth to postsecondary education opportunities while also promoting the importance of FAFSA completion to help increase the college enrollment numbers that continue to decline. This three-part series offers youth a pathway to further education they might not have considered and to hear from professionals who have benefitted from it.


Part 1: May 3, 10:30-11:00 am, via Zoom. Featuring Michael Hartman, Assistant Director, Student Recruitment – Transfer Initiatives and Partnerships, with U-M and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), this first event will focus on the logistics of transferring and how to make the process easier. Michael will talk to youth and educators about making a transfer plan, how to find a transfer champion, and help understand transfer credits. Event flyer with Zoom link.


Part 2: May 6, 10:30-11:00 am, via Zoom. Featuring current U-M students, they will share their own experiences transferring from a community college and will give advice on the process and how to find support along the way. Event flyer with Zoom link.


Part 3: May 13, 11:00 – 11:30 am, via Zoom, will be co-moderated by Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Executive Director of MCAN, and Elizabeth Bernhard, Youth Solutions Partner Engagement Manager. They will welcome a panel of three outstanding professionals who started their academic journeys at a Michigan community college before transferring to a university. Panelists include Kevin Stotts, Talent 2025 President and a Youth Solutions board member, Jeremy Barnes-Smith, Mobile Software Engineer with General Motors, and Mariana Naddaf, Assistant Director, Coaching and Outreach – LSA Opportunity Hub. Each will share their personal journey. Event flyer with Zoom link.


We believe all Michigan youth can benefit from this series, so all events are free and open to the public. Please help us to spread the word with school districts or community organizations within your network.