The Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) has named Cyekeia Lee as its new executive director.
DCAN is a collective impact model nonprofit working with local schools, foundations, and the greater community to promote higher education in Detroit and make a college degree or credential a reality for students. Its mission is to increase college enrollment and graduation rates. Founded in 2014, DCAN is part of the Michigan College Access Network.
“Having a postsecondary degree or credential is one of the best ways to set up Detroit youth for long-term prosperity. I am passionate about building a college-going culture that serves ALL Detroit students,” says Lee.
Most recently, Lee served as the director of community collaboration at Kalamazoo Promise, an award-winning initiative to pay up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools to attend any in-state public community college or university.
Prior to her time with the Kalamazoo Promise, Lee was the executive director of The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo, where she had the opportunity to work with cross-sector partners to explore community collaboration efforts for students in Kalamazoo County.
“Now, more than ever, we cannot just prepare young people for their first job; we must prepare them to confidently choose from and succeed in a broad range of paths to meaningful, living-wage work and remain resilient lifelong learners who can navigate job changes,” says Ashley Aidenbaum, program officer at The Skillman Foundation and chair of DCAN’s executive committee.