An initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Dubuque College Access Network
Many students dream of college but face barriers to getting there.
We work to make their dreams reality by bringing together leaders from many community areas to find ways of increasing access to post-secondary education and training.Download our one-pager
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Mini-grants support first-generation students
DCAN pilots free ACT prep
$50,000 grant supports college access
We think of college as any post-high school institution or program that prepares students for careers. That includes:
- Four-year universities
- Community colleges
- Certification programs
“Neither of my parents went to college, but they’ve encouraged me to put academics first. With hard work and the support of local programs for first-generation students, I've been able to pursue my computer engineering degree.”
By the Numbers
We support many community efforts to increase access to four-year universities, community colleges, apprenticeships and certification programs
DCAN's goal: Dubuque high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary education or training by 2025
Dubuque high school graduates enrolled in post-secondary education or training today
Dubuque area high school graduation rate
Coming together to make an impact
Local leaders are working collaboratively to increase access to post-high school education.
A Common Agenda
DCAN’s members from the education, business, nonprofit and government sectors come together to achieve a shared goal: Increase post-secondary education enrollment for historically underrepresented populations, including minority and first-generation students.
Learn how you can support our common agenda.
Latino College Access Network
This effort is working to eliminate the educational attainment gap for Latino students in Iowa.
OPT-in College Access Network
This initiative seeks to increase the number of Iowa youth formerly in foster care earning postsecondary credentials.
This Dubuque Community School District initiative helps students discover where their interests and future possibilities intersect.
DCAN Community Impact Dashboard
Explore data about local college enrollment, federal student aid applications and more.
Iowa College Aid
Financial support is available to help students advance their educations and prepare for careers.
Dubuque-Area Higher Education
Learn more about educational opportunities in Dubuque and the Tri-State area.
“Because of the DCAN mini-grant, I was able to afford my textbooks for fall semester, and the money I saved can be put toward my spring textbooks.”
A Network for All Iowans
DCAN is one of 14 local college access networks across the state supported by Iowa College Aid. Together, these programs are bringing post-high school education within reach for all students.Give Now