Third 90 Network
An Innovative Learning Model with Urban High Schools to Teach Environmental Science
The Third 90 Network, a statewide, nationally-recognized program, is a catalyst for improving learning outcomes, raising college aspirations, and sharpening STEM career awareness. This early-engagement program combines urban high school students (Juniors and Seniors) with MCA college professors and students, conducting hands-on environmental research. The Third 90 Network engages students in a challenging academic setting, gives them a realistic notion of college-level work, builds their social, academic and career mentor networks, and prepares them for college success.
The Third 90 Network helps high school students:
- Prepare for academic success at the college level
- Develop a network of mentors at the high school and college levels
- Broaden awareness of independent higher education options
- Qualify for MCA scholarships and ultimately, obtain a four-year college degree
- Increase their active, outdoor time
- Understand the importance for community health and wellness
Building on the success of the Pilot Program
The first pilot project of the Third 90 Network was held in fall 2010 at Detroit’s University Preparatory Academy (UPA) with great success. MCA has since expanded the Third 90 Network throughout the state to ten high schools and seven MCA member colleges and universities, now engaging more than 300 high school students each year. Through the support of generous donors, the Third 90 Network will continue to expand to high schools and communities across the state.
Participating MCA Institutions:
Siena Heights University
Participating High Schools:
Cass Technical High School
Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Study
Taylor Preparatory High School
University Preparatory Academy High School
University Prep Science and Math High School
Grand Rapids Community
Grand River Prep High School
Innovation Central High School
University Preparatory Academy of Grand Rapids
Wellspring Prep High School
Three Rivers High School
Third 90 Network Sponsors
Cascade Engineering, Consumers Energy Foundation, The Council of Independent Colleges, CoCaseCo LLC, DTE Energy Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Fifth Third Bank-Western Michigan, Masco Foundation, Meijer, Tom & Jacqueline Meyer, Rock Financial and The Wege Foundation
Third 90 Network Partners
Belle Isle Conservancy, Belle Isle Park, Blandford Nature Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Third 90 Network students participated in three exciting summer programs - learn more about the programs HERE.
Dr. Tim Lincoln, a Third 90 faculty member and professor from Albion College, recently presented on the Third 90 Network at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. View his poster here.
To learn more, call MCA at 248.356.3114