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2017 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign

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South Carolina

Brittany Moore 

Student Readiness

Wade Hampton High School

Hampton, SC

“To me, college and career readiness means being prepared to succeed after high school. Many students can’t wait to get out of high school, but the most successful are the ones who are ready to take on the world after graduation. Although rigorous coursework is a great way to prepare for college, I think that enthusiasm, drive, and initiative are some of the most important characteristics of someone who is college and career ready.”

JL Mann High School

College and Career Transition

Greenville, SC

“We are so proud of all of our students at J. L. Mann High School and all they have accomplished. Their results on the ACT and ACT WorkKeys is validation of their hard work and shows that developing the whole child is a better way to prepare students for college and careers.”

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Career Preparedness

Florence, SC

“College & Career readiness means educating students, so that they are academically prepared, to master core content while developing key cognitive skills for post-secondary education without the need for remediation.”

JTEKT/Koyo Bearings North America

Workplace Success

Orangeburg, SC

“The value of non-cognitive skills for us here at Koyo is it makes the process of integrating a new person into our organization so much easier. Those skills allow them to “get it” so much faster they can start making a contribution right away which is obviously what we are looking for. It keeps the new associate and the community excited and us as well.”

South Dakota

Elk Point-Jefferson High School

College and Career Transition

Elk Point, SD

“Our graduates, both those going directly into the workforce and those going to post-secondary school, will be competing for a variety of career opportunities against a wide swath of candidates, all with unique skills and interests. The competition for opportunities is tough. The ACT organization provides us with indicators and tools which employers can instantly recognize as legitimate and fair assessments of the great potential of our students to change the world.”

Southeast Technical Institute

Career Preparedness

Sioux Falls, SD

“Southeast Tech prides itself on successfully preparing students for challenging and satisfying careers. Career readiness, however, begins long before students walk on to our campus, and it continues long after they leave. It is through partnerships with secondary education and industry that we can truly meet the needs of today’s workforce and achieve the dreams of our students and the goals or our community. Through these partnerships, we continue to strive to meet not only the needs of students and the workforce today, but the needs of our community in the future.”

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