Underclassmen  presentation - College Access Network advisor Brian McDaniel gives a presentation to Teresa Smola’s 10th grade ELA class at Three Rivers High School on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Commercial-News/Alek Frost

College Access Network advisor preps students for life after high school

THREE RIVERS — St. Joseph County College Access Network (CAN) advisor Brian McDaniel prepares Three Rivers, Mendon and Colon high school students for life after graduation, by emphasizing informed decision-making and preparation.
McDaniel, as well as CAN Administrator/Supervisor Tracy Harker and CAN Direct Service Provider Ann Happel, attempt to convey to St. Joseph County high school students that determining their academic future is “a process, not just an event.”
“We work really hard to make sure all students have a plan,” McDaniel said. “Not all of them are going to go to college or don’t want to go but hopefully we can get them into some kind of postsecondary training like an apprenticeship. They need to have a plan.
“When I participate in the senior exit interviews that they do here at Three Rivers (High School), we ask the question, ‘If you could change something that you’ve done, what would you do?’ I would say 98 percent say ‘Work harder my freshman or sophomore year because I didn’t take it seriously. I didn’t understand the implications, especially with the grade point (average).’ So I like to remind younger students, whenever I get a chance to talk to them, that this is what I hear all the time and it can affect your GPA and what schools you go to.”

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