On May 25, Lansing School District Superintendent, Yvonne Caamal Canul, hosted a press conference at the Lansing School District Board of Education Office to announce the addition of Olivet College to the Lansing Pathway Promise program, rounding out the school choices as a private liberal arts college.

“I am so proud and excited about this new partnership between the Lansing School District and my Alma Mater, Olivet College,” said Caamal Canul.

Speakers at the event included Justin Sheehan, executive director of the Lansing Promise Program, Kellie Dean, chairperson of the Lansing Promise Zone Authority Board of Directors, Steven M. Corey, PhD., president of Olivet College, Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of Lansing School District, Virg Bernero, mayor of the City of Lansing and Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Lansing Pathway Promise program was established in 2012 with the goal to ensure that every child living and schooling within the Lansing School District boundaries has access to post-secondary education; the Lansing Pathway Promise does this through offering scholarships to students who meet eligibility standards to Michigan State University and Lansing Community College.

“This partnership is a way for us to send a clear message that we care about the greater Lansing area,” said Olivet College President Steven Corey. Corey noted that Olivet College was historically one of the first private schools in Michigan to admit women and minority racial groups into its programs alongside white men.

“There is no boundary for education and we truly believe that.”

Also in attendance were three Lansing scholars who accepted the first round of scholarships and will be attending Olivet College in the fall – Malea Warren, Jillian Johnson and Nieya Brown.


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