ACT score key to college funding and access

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ACT intensive prep workshop available through local college access network   

To help students achieve higher ACT scores, the I CAN Center of Excellence, a regional non-profit college access organization, is conducting two, three-hour workshops to help better prepare north central Ohio students to take their college entrance exam.

The workshop sessions will be held Saturday, March 24th, and Saturday, March 31st, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, in Morrill Hall, Room 160. 

Total cost to attend both Saturday workshop sessions is $50 in advance or $65 at the door.  This is a comprehensive, intensive ACT workshop.  Space is limited.  To take advantage of the $50 advance cost, pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21st.

For those unable to attend the March workshop, I CAN Center of Excellence will hold a second six-hour, one day workshop, Saturday, June 2nd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (early registration deadline May 29)

Instructing the ACT programs for the I CAN Center of Excellence is Michael Short.  Short is a Master Tutor in a number of subjects including the ACT and SAT. He scores in the 99th percentile on these tests. He is currently employed at the University of Louisville as a college coach for a new college access program, GO College--Louisville. He has worked in higher education since graduating from Campbellsville University in 1980.  Short was employed by The Ohio State University at Marion between 2001 and 2011. During his tenure at Ohio State Marion, he was instrumental in expanding Marion’s local college access network I CAN Go to College into the current regional college access program the I CAN Center of Excellence.

As students achieve higher ACT scores, they can expect to receive higher financial aid packages from colleges where they apply and also improve their opportunities for being accepted by their first-choice colleges.

Applications for the workshop are available through high school guidance counselors or online at Those who have yet to register should send the registration fee along with their name, address, phone number and e-mail address to: The I CAN Center of Excellence, 1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302, or call 740-725-6174 for more information.  

The I CAN Center of Excellence is a regional college access network that serves, Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties.