UPDATED. The overarching goal of MIHEART remains to help the State of Michigan achieve its attainment goal—Sixty by 30. By working to increase the number of working-age adults with an education and training beyond high school, MIHEART hopes to make Michigan a top ten education state.

The strategies and action steps outlined by MIHEART (available in the document for download below) are designed to help Michigan close the attainment gap and advance policy solutions the state can take to ensure that at least 60 percent of working-age adults in Michigan earn a skill certificate or college degree by 2030.

Since it was initiated, MIHEART has been focused on advocating for more resources to be put toward improving the talent pipeline in Michigan. The group works collaboratively to promote, advocate for, and lead policy changes that will generate improved postsecondary education and credential attainment levels in Michigan. The members of MIHEART are committed to working with stakeholders across the state, including Michigan’s Governor and Legislature, to create and attract jobs and make Michigan a top ten state for educational attainment.

MIHEART has created a collaborative set of strategies to increase the preparation, transition, and attainment success of students across the state. Since 2020, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has engaged Public Policy Associates (PPA) to provide facilitation and strategic consulting services to advance MIHEART’s strategic policy goals. MCAN serves a critical role as the convener of these college access stakeholders.

To learn more about MIHEART, contact Dr. Daniel Quinn, PPA’s Chief Strategy Officer at dquinn@publicpolicy.com or (202) 854-8077 or visit MIHEART’s page on the web at https://micollegeaccess.org/miheart.

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