About Washtenaw Futures

The Washtenaw Futures College Access Network is a community network focused on making college an achievable reality for all students in Washtenaw County, with emphasis on supporting low-income youth, youth of color, and youth who will be the first in their families to pursue college.

We work with community partners like K-12 schools, local colleges and universities, non-profits, government, business, philanthropy and more to increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Washtenaw County. As a network, Washtenaw Futures does not provide any direct services for students and families, but instead offers a supporting and connecting role for our community.

Washtenaw Futures is part of a larger statewide movement under the Michigan College Access Network rallied around "Goal 2025" to increase college degree and credential attainment to 60% across the state of Michigan. Our community's local goal is to increase attainment to 70%.

Read our Common Agenda here.

What is "College"?

We use the term "college" to refer to the attainment of valuable post-secondary credentials beyond high school that can be earned from:

  • Trade and Technical Schools
  • 2-Year Colleges
  • 4-Year Colleges and Universities


Why is college so important?

Higher educational attainment positively impacts individuals and communities.

Increases:

  • Lifetime earnings
  • Social mobility
  • Job satisfaction
  • Civic involvement

Improves:

  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Economic development

Reduces:

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Need for safety net programs
  • Obesity
  • Smoking