Delta high schools launch program to boost college attainment

August 10, 2017

DCAN’s goal is to increase post-secondary graduation rates for the students it serves


Several high schools in the Arkansas Delta are joining forces to boost post-secondary graduation rates for students in the region.

KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, Cross County High School, and Central High School (Helena-West Helena) recently created the Delta College Attainment Network (DCAN). Supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, DCAN aims to sustain and increase the number of students who attend four- year colleges and universities, increase the college persistence of graduates from participating schools, and work to ensure college graduation rates above the national average.

Through DCAN, each school will have two dedicated college advisors who will be located at each school full-time. This will allow the college advisors to be integrated into the high school community and become members of the high school staff. Students will have greater access to the support that they need; families will have access to both workshops and individual meetings with college advisors; and alumni will have robust advising throughout their college journey.