Preparing individuals for college and career success is no small task—and it’s never been more important. This is why ACT is recognizing individuals and organizations who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness.
Established in 2013, the annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign celebrates achievement and creates awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all. The Campaign recognizes exemplary efforts by employers, community colleges, high schools, and students in participating states. There are top-performing companies, excellent schools, and phenomenal students across the country, and they are all worthy of praise. ACT developed the Campaign to shine a light on the individuals and institutions doing more with less, overcoming personal or community obstacles, and serving as examples to others working to improve the condition of college and career readiness for all.
The annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign identifies exemplars in each of four categories—students, high schools, community colleges, and businesses—for each participating state. From there, state exemplars move into semifinalist and National Exemplar rounds of review. The National Exemplars are announced, and all exemplars are recognized, at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness, held each spring in Washington, DC. See below for more information about the campaign process and the criteria the selection panel uses to consider nominations.