2015 National Gala on College and Career Readiness
On June 9, 2015, the third annual National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, DC, marked the end of another successful ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. Education and workforce leaders gathered to honor employers, community colleges, high schools, and students that have done outstanding work in education and career preparedness.
Each year, the Gala recognizes the achievements of four National Exemplars, who were presented with awards by Virginia Edwards, president of Editorial Projects in Education, editor-in-chief of Education Week, and the chair of the 2015 National Selection Committee. Also celebrated were the national semifinalists and state exemplars in the 30 participating states.
Keynote speaker Grant Imahara, formerly of MythBusters, spoke about the challenges faced by, and the importance of mentors to, underserved students. Drawing from his experiences coaching a robotics team at Richmond High School in California, he reminded attendees that when it comes to working with students, especially those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, “We’re building more than robots. We’re building people.”
ACT CEO Jon Whitmore was also honored for his dedication to the Campaign during its first three years and his strong leadership of ACT. Whitmore plans to retire in summer 2015.
Photos from the 2015 National Gala
2014 National Gala
2013 National Gala