Iowa College Aid has awarded the latest round of Local College Access Network grants, including three new Implementation Grants. The agency has awarded $806,708 to create 11 Local College Access Networks, or LCANs, around the state. The goal of an LCAN is to increase college access, enrollment and completion using a framework known as “Collective Impact.” Iowa College Aid provides grant money, training, technical assistance and professional development. Each LCAN assesses the assets and needs of its community and works to fill the gaps in partnership with local colleges, school districts, area education agencies, business groups, elected officials, employers and community and religious organizations. “With Iowa’s ambitious goal to create a workforce that is 70 percent college-educated, these efforts are crucial,” said Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid. “LCANs give local leaders the support they need to raise college attainment rates in their communities.” More information and the list of awards is available on the Iowa College Aid website.