Iowa LCAN Bulletin: December 2023

Iowa LCAN Bulletin

LCAN Hampton Fair

As 2023 comes to a close, we want to extend our warmest holiday wishes to the Iowa LCAN community. This year has had its share of challenges (looking at you, FAFSA!), but we also want to celebrate the fantastic work that’s taking place across our state to support students and families.


One highlight of many from this past year has been seeing communities maintain initiatives that grew out of LCANs. For example, Anne and Megan traveled to Hampton in October for the third annual college and career fair at the Hampton-Dumont Community School District. The local LCAN initially spearheaded the event, and it continues to flourish and expand to other districts in the region.


We know that other communities also see the value of the initiatives - and the cross-sector collaboration behind them - that emerge in LCAN. Collective impact is long-term work; seeing these efforts come to fruition is fantastic.


We want to voice our appreciation for leadership team members, work groups, and everyone involved in our statewide LCAN network. Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Resources available to support FAFSA completion

We have partnered with the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to fund FAFSA completion efforts. If this opportunity would be of interest to your community, please reach out to Anne or Megan


Staff moving to the Grimes Building

As part of the continued state government alignment, Bureau of Iowa College Aid staff will complete the move from the current office on Southwest Fifth Street in Des Moines to the Grimes Building in the Capitol Complex. While some staff has already relocated to Grimes, the Community Engagement Division, which includes LCAN, will move in the coming weeks.

LCAN team and staff attend NCAN Conference


Megan Sibbel, Liz Yaddof, and Thomata Doe from the Bureau of Iowa College Aid Community Engagement Team attended the Annual National College Attainment Network (NCAN) conference in Dallas, Texas, from October 16-18.


In addition to Iowa of College Aid staff, Becky Dickinson and Starlyn Perdue of the Ignite Pathways Regional Center (IPRC) LCAN attended the conference. 


Visit  if you are interested in learning more about what NCAN offers and how to become a member. NCAN is a great centralized resource for information and updates on the Better FAFSA.  

SAVE THE DATE: 2024 LCAN Spring Conference

The 2024 LCAN Spring Conference will be held in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. This 2024 LCAN Spring Conference will be a one-day event from approximately 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. LCAN Coordinators and 1-to-3 Leadership Team members from each LCAN are asked to attend. Please RSVP with your attendees by Monday, Jan. 15.


For questions about how to RSVP or more information about the conference, contact Anne or Megan




Iowa Latino Education Summit 

The second annual Iowa Latino Education Summit will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.


This free event is designed for educators, school faculty, administrators, counselors, coaches, financial aid professionals, admissions professionals, advocates, and all staff supporting Latino students across Iowa.


The conference will provide resources, connections, and insights to help you provide education and services to Iowa’s Latino students. This event is facilitated by Latinos CAN and supported by funding from the Bureau of Iowa College Aid.


More information about the Latino Education Summit and how to register is available here.

Collective Impact Action Summit

The FSG Collective Impact Forum’s 2024 Collective Impact Action Summit will take place from April 30 to May 2, 2024.


This entirely virtual event brings together an international community of backbone leaders, practitioners, funders, partners, and more for inspiration and advice on centering equity and belonging in collective impact work across various social issues.


More information about the Collective Impact Action Summit and how to register is available here.

Rural Summit

The Partners for Rural Impact 2024 Rural Summit: From Cradle to Career is in Lexington, Ky., from April 28 to May 1, 2024.


This summit focuses on ideas and strategies for rural youth to transition from high school to college and career successfully. This summit was initially centered on rural college access and success and has expanded to a cradle-to-career focus.


More information about the Rural Summit and how to register is available here.

If you have a resource, article, upcoming event, or other piece of news that you would like to share through the Iowa LCAN Bulletin, please share it with Anne or Megan