ACT State Organizations

Helping People Achieve Education and Workplace Success

A Unique Network of Education and Workplace Professionals

Representing individuals from the earliest grades through careers, ACT State Organizations members include teachers, counselors, administrators, enrollment advisors, and business professionals. ACT State Organizations is represented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and includes:

  • Over 20,000+ members—and growing
  • 600+ actively engaged state council members who guide the work of each individual ACT state organization
  • 15 elected Steering Committee members who work to identify initiatives and ensure their alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of ACT

ACT State Organizations provides opportunities for diverse groups of education and workplace professionals to connect, allowing ideas and issues to intersect as members learn from one another and unify in purpose. 

Benefits of Membership

ACT State Organizations members help shape the education and workforce landscape so that everyone can achieve education and workplace success. As a member, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to member-only webinars
  • Easy access to ACT Newsletters
  • Policy and advocacy support
  • Opportunities to serve on committees that provide direct feedback to ACT
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Access to private Facebook Professional Learning Community Group

Membership is free and open to all who champion the ACT mission—Helping people achieve education and workplace success. For information on how to join your state organization, please or follow the link below.

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Calendar of Events

2023 National ACT State Organizations Conference

The ACT State Organizations team is currently planning the 2023 event and more information will be available here soon!

Our Team


500 ACT Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168

 

A National Network

Creating intersections of ideas and issues crucial to education and workplace success.

ACT State Organizations works closely with grassroots volunteers across the country. 

  • Represented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • With Directors who serve as the facilitator for council members and maintain a direct connection to ACT

State Organizations Directors

Director
Tim Osborn
765.637.8730
tim.osborn@act.org

Director
Bobby Rush
601.720.9936
bobby.rush@act.org

Director
Debra FitzGerald
319.431.4472
debra.fitzgerald@act.org

Steering Committee

Bill Rinkenbaugh, Vice-President of Student Services, Butler Community College, Northwest, Postsecondary

Denny Smith, Director of Testing & Assessment, Calhoun Community College, Southeast, Workforce

Michael Firch, Student Services Coordinator, Sussex Technical High School, Northeast, K-12

Mary Kerns, English Teacher, Kelly Walsh High School, Northwest, K-12

Luke Greiner, Labor Market Analyst, State of Minnesota, Midwest, Workforce

Mike Longo, Director, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency, Northeast, Workforce

Melissa Miller Kincart, Director, Strategic Partnerships and College and Career Readiness, Rapid City Area School, Midwest, K-12

Tim Dorsey, Dean of Student Affairs, Cuyahoga Community College, Northeast, Postsecondary

Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Director, CTE Special Projects, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Southwest, Workforce

Sara MacKenzie, Director of Operations, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Southeast, Postsecondary

Wendy Rock, Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southwest, Postsecondary

Alana Haitsuka-Fernandez, Curriculum Coordinator/Testing/Data Coordinator, Honokaa High and Intermediate School, Southwest, K-12

Sheryl Smith, Counselor, Auburn City School District, Southeast, K-12

Brian Jones, Director of Admissions, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Midwest, Postsecondary

Oscar Escobedo, Senior Workforce Consultant, Idaho Department of Labor, Northwest, Workforce

 

Structure and Purpose

 

Mission

Building a community of educators and workforce professionals to help people achieve education and workplace success.

 

Vision

Eliminate the skills gap by connecting the outcomes of K-12 and postsecondary to career opportunities. 

 

Our Members

The more than 20,000 ACT State Organization members are, first and foremost, education and workforce professionals. Since membership in the organizations is completely voluntary, members are experts in their fields and champions for ACT. Members believe in the ACT mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success, and have the desire to help others act on this philosophy.

 

What We Do

Members work together to coordinate and participate in activities that advocate and advance the ACT mission. This includes providing feedback to ACT staff about ACT solutions, participating in ACT State Organizations conferences and workshops, and supporting state-specific initiatives.

 

How We Do This

ACT State Organizations members' expertise spans the kindergarten to career continuum, allowing members to connect with diverse groups within their states and across the country. From elementary teachers to secondary administrators to enrollment advisors to workforce professionals, stakeholders engage in dialogue and unify in purpose around college and career readiness issues. Passionate professionals can join their state's ACT council and meet monthly to guide direction for state-specific issues that affect their ACT State Organization.

We work closely with departments across ACT to provide members with the most updated news and information, including on the legislative front. Team members monitor federal and state legislation to ensure that proposed laws, policies, and regulations support success for all students instead of creating barriers. We regularly educate our members on these measures to keep them updated as informed stakeholders.

 

Steering Committee

The ACT State Organizations Steering Committee comprises 15 elected members who work to identify ACT State Organizations initiatives and ensure their alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of ACT. The Steering Committee format enables ACT State Organizations to operate more efficiently and effectively through shared resources, streamlined communications, and standardized processes across state councils.

Social

Once you join the ACT State Organization, you can request access to the private Facebook Professional Learning Community Group.