ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness
2014 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign Gala
On June 3, 2014, the second annual National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, DC celebrated another successful year for the ACT College and Career Readiness (CCR) Campaign. Over 160 education and workforce leaders gathered to honor individuals and organizations that have made a difference in education and career preparedness.
Every year, the gala recognizes the achievements of four national exemplars: a student, a high school, a community college, and an employer. These impressive honorees, selected from semifinalists in eight states, received National College and Career Readiness Awards presented by Virginia Edwards, president of Editorial Projects in Education and chair of the 2014 National Selection Committee. The theme of this year’s gala, “Many Paths, One Destination,” highlighted the diverse journeys individuals may take in order to achieve college and career readiness.
“The individuals honored at this year’s gala have taken many paths,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT CEO. “But regardless of the routes we take or the maps that guide us, we should never waver from the final destination—college and career readiness for all.”
Keynote speaker Jenna Bush Hager, a best-selling author and contributing correspondent for NBC’s The Today Show, spoke about the importance of education in changing the trajectory of students’ lives, especially for students with fewer opportunities. In her remarks, Ms. Hager drew on her experience teaching in public schools in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, and from her ongoing work with underprivileged children and humanitarian organizations.
She spoke about the importance of the work done by the education leaders attending the event, especially the role they play in changing the course of underserved students’ lives.
“Life is a precious gift, and it is a privilege and an opportunity, as much as a responsibility, to share some part of ourselves with others in need,” said Ms. Hager. “All of you here tonight are working to ensure that students and adults who may be struggling are given the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”
A Look Back at the 2013 National Gala
In May 2013, leaders in government, business, and education gathered to celebrate national award recipients at ACT’s inaugural National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, DC.