ACT Kicks Off 2014 College and Career Readiness Campaign

Posted February 19, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT leaders will join North Dakota state officials, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, this afternoon at the state capitol building in Bismarck to honor a student, a high school, a community college and an employer for serving as leading examples of success in college and career readiness across the education and workforce continuum.

It’s the first of eight trips for ACT over the next five months, as its leaders travel to each partner state that is participating in the nonprofit organization’s second annual College and Career Readiness Campaign. From now until June, ACT will join state governors and superintendents to honor the achievements of students, schools and employers in their state that benefit their communities and succeed despite the challenges they face.

ACT’s partner states in this campaign are: Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

“The accomplishments of these award winners are both humbling and enlightening,” said Jon Whitmore, chief executive officer at ACT. “These are the students who overcame odds, the educators who helped them succeed, and the companies that improved the lives of their employees. ACT is proud to work with our partnering states to recognize the accomplishments of these exemplary individuals.”

State leaders nominate award recipients in four categories:

  • Student Readiness Award and scholarship (awarded to a student)
  • College and Career Transition Award (awarded to a high school)
  • Career Preparedness Award (awarded to a community college)
  • Workplace Success Award (awarded to an employer)

ACT will review all state nominees and select four national semifinalists, one in each category, in March. A national selection committee comprised of education and workforce development leaders will then select one honoree per category for national recognition. National award recipients will be recognized at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

“The people, schools and employers we celebrate are models to follow not only in their state, but across the country,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president. “By sharing their stories and celebrating what they’ve accomplished, we hope to inspire more people to become involved in efforts to improve the college and career prospects for students and workers everywhere.”

To learn more about ACT’s expanding College and Career Readiness Campaign, visit ACT’s website. As ACT travels to state events, check its Twitter feed (@ACT) to read about award winners and their accomplishments.