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2017 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign

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Japheth Hayman

Student Readiness

Central High School
Knoxville, TN

“Readiness in any area is the ability to create your own opportunities. For instance, when drafting a quote, readiness is finding inspiration during a month-long writer's block. The same principle applies to college and career readiness. You can't wait on the right college email, or wish the company you prefer offers a job. You have to be proactive, not just in reaching your ideal situation, but making yourself the ideal person for that situation.”

University of Memphis - Student Affairs

Career Preparedness

Memphis, TN

“Whatever students' goals for pursuing a college degree, they expect institutions of higher education to provide the necessary support to help them achieve those goals. Typically a student's goal is to earn a degree that they can utilize to launch a career. To stay the course and earn the degree, research has demonstrated that students need academic self efficacy, a sense of belonging, and perceived value of the curriculum (Tinto, 2016). Career development involves helping students make the connection between the curriculum and a career, connecting students with other students and professionals sharing similar goals, and supporting appropriate academic and career self-efficacy. We are in the business of educating the whole student and helping them succeed in college and well beyond.”


Cedar Hill Collegiate High School

College and Career Transition

Cedar Hill, TX

“Cedar Hill Collegiate High School is a proud, nationally recognized Early College High School. We consistently provide students the rigor, depth, and intensity of college-level work in a very personalized instructional environment and the opportunity to earn their Associates Degree. We facilitate students and their families, particularly those in under-served populations, to save time and money by integrating high school and college coursework while students also learn to be a servant leader in their community.”

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Career Preparedness

Kingsville, TX

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