The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN), an initiative of Education Forward Arizona, is a community of college access professionals committed to closing the education attainment gap in Arizona.
Our goal is to increase the percent of high school graduates enrolled in a postsecondary education the semester after graduating high school to 70% by 2030.
We currently have more than 350 organizational members across the state in every county. AzCAN members include nonprofits, high school staff, college outreach programs, funders, government agencies, and business leaders all of whom are committed to closing the education attainment gap in our state.
AzCAN is a member of the National College Attainment Network.
We believe developing robust partnerships are key in serving students and educators; by combining knowledge, talent, and reach, we are better able to meet our statewide goals. Through collaborative partnerships and bringing like minded people together, AzCAN brings fresh ideas and programs to the community while keeping one main focus: college access for all.
We believe that a critical part of increasing college access is through empowering students and educators. AzCAN provides free or low-cost professional development for educators across the state, as well as a variety of student-facing programs that provide knowledge to unlock a better future. We are always working towards changing the systems currently in place to one that empowers students, regardless of their zip-code.
We believe that educators, community organizations, businesses and government entities have a responsibility to Arizona students. We rely on our community to support, enhance, and implement data-driven strategies that expand our reach. We strive to create a community that advocates and supports each other, as well as the students we serve.
Who Should Be a Member?
College access and success programs and professionals, friends, sponsors, businesses, and foundations who support college access.
- Listing in the statewide member directory available to the public
- Regional meetings highlighting best practices
- Regular updates on state and national issues
- Professional development opportunities
- Student data from the National Student Clearinghouse at a reduced rate
- Partnerships & collaboration with other college access programs
- Shared resources