The Missouri College Access Network (MOCAN) Board of Directors selected their new Executive Director, Francine Pratt, on April 20, 2020. This selection is a perfect fit for the skills and talents of Francine.

The mission of MOCAN is to increase career and college awareness, preparation, access, and completion in Missouri, particularly for the underrepresented and underserved. They do this by:

  • Advocating for public and institutional policies that promote postsecondary access and success.
  • Coordinating statewide career preparation and college access and success activities for service providers.
  • Leveraging and connecting providers, professionals, and other stakeholders to strengthen and grow programs, and to eliminate service and equity gaps.
  • Centralizing knowledge-sharing and technical training for career and college program providers.
  • Identifying, summarizing, and actively sharing standardized data collection measures and relevant research regarding career preparation and college access and success.
  • Fostering a collective voice to communicate postsecondary educational and training opportunities to all people in Missouri.

Francine served as the Prosper Springfield Director for the past three years in Springfield, MO with oversight of the city and county goals to reduce poverty and increase postsecondary attainment. Francine’s other professional experience includes serving as Missouri State University’s Executive Director for Multicultural Programs and as an instructor of Introduction to African American Studies for several years. She also served as a corporate project director, a project manager and in several statewide leadership positions in California.

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