FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/25/13) – A Kentucky business, community college, high school and student were among those recognized at a national gala in Washington, D.C. this week – the culmination of ACT’s inaugural College and Career Readiness Campaign.
ACT established the annual campaign to create awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all and to recognize exemplary efforts across states in advancing this goal. Six states participated in the first year of the campaign: Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
Lafayette High School (Fayette Co.) senior Devin Morton earned a $2,000 scholarship toward college expenses as a finalist in the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign award competition. Devin plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University in the fall. He was recognized along with three other Kentucky finalists.
Each state submitted nominees in four categories that competed for national awards. Besides Morton, who was Kentucky’s Student Readiness Award nominee, the state’s nominees included Murray High School (Murray Independent) -- College and Career Transition Award; Hazard Community and Technical College -- Career Preparedness Award; and Citi -- Workplace Success Award. A selection committee chose national winners from Alabama, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois.
“Kentucky takes great pride in all of our nominees,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “They exemplify what we are trying to accomplish in our state – get every student ready for college and career.”
ACT’s chief executive officer Jon Whitmore said as a nation we have work to do in terms of college and career readiness.
“The individuals and organizations we honored this week prove that college and career readiness can be achieved,” he said. “Our campaign is intended to encourage more people to take up the cause, to support them in their efforts, and to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”
Information provided by Rebecca Blessing
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