Established in 2008, Montana College Access Network (MCAN) is a 501c3 non-profit that helps advance the goal of all Montanans achieving their career and lifestyle aspiration through higher education.

In 2008, several college access professionals got together and recognized the isolated work that each region of Montana does to increase Montana’s rates of post-secondary attendance. The work that each person did often overlapped and could be more effective if the individual programs worked together to share their experiences and ideas. MCAN became the table for all higher education access and success professionals in Montana. As a stand-alone organization, MCAN matched the Goal 2025 objective set by the Lumina Foundation; Goal 2025¬†seeks to get degree attainment up to 60% to better the future of American employees. MCAN also recognizes the importance and value in getting certificates and two-year degrees.

MCAN serves low-income, non-traditional, and Native American/American Indians through its affiliates.

Our greatest project, year after year, is the Montana College Access Conference. Since 2008, MCAN has hosted a joint conference with other leading organizations such as ASPIRE to encourage and educate the people who work hard to see student’s succeed. The conference is held annually in March in various locations across the state.


MCAN Executive leaders:

Peter Donaldson



Tina Wagner



Suzin Kratina



MCAN Network Manager:

Melissa Huntington

(406)422-1275 ext 801