For Immediate Release
May 15, 2013
State Board of Education to recognize ACT’s College and Career Readiness Award winners at May Board meeting
Four award recipients named for work in College and Career Readiness
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education will take time during Thursday’s monthly Board meeting to recognize four recipients; a student, high school, community college and employer awarded under ACT’s College and Career Readiness Campaign. Illinois is among seven states, along with Alabama, Colorado, Iowa Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin, that is participating in the inaugural year of ACT’s award program to recognize efforts in advancing college and career readiness.
“We talk about college and career readiness nearly every day at the State Board of Education and in schools across the state,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “It’s so important that we also take time to recognize those who are making this benchmark a reality. Their efforts should not only be honored but shared as many more strive to achieve the same outcomes.”
The ACT awards honor the college and career readiness efforts of an exemplary student, high school, community college and employer. Illinois’ recipients are:
- Roman M. Martin, Senior West Leyden High School, Northlake: Martin earned the Student Readiness Award. A member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, Math team, Martin has also played football and baseball for the Leyden High School District 212. He has also served as a mentor for ACCESS, a freshman support program where he helps students adjust and thrive in the high school setting.
- Urbana High School, Urbana School District 116:This Central Illinois School of 1,100 students earned the College and Career Transition Award. With more than 62 percent low-income students, this school has increased access and participation in AP courses and exams. Students regularly earn ACT scores above the state average, post a higher graduation rate and a lower drop-out rate than the state average.
- Harper College, Palatine: Harper College, the winner of the Career Preparedness Award, partners with elementary schools within the college’s district under the No Excuses University Program, hosting field trips as part of the program to help cultivate an early interest in college. Harper College also hosts Community Nights on campus to develop relationships with educational, business and public sector partners.
- Fabric Images Inc., Elgin: Fabric Images, a provider of printed and non-printed tensioned fabric architecture and displays, has earned ACT’s Workplace Success Award. Honored by Unit School District 46 and the local Chamber as Business of the Year, this company has promoted the ACT WorkKeys Assessments, participated in presentations to schools, both staff and students, in developing connections between education and business/industry and how core skills are being applied in the workforce.
Staff at the State Board of Education nominated recipients of the four award categories. A national selection committee will select one outstanding example per category across all states. The campaign will conclude May 21 at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C.
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