O’FALLON – Education and workforce leaders teamed up with ACT today to honor the state’s leading exemplars of college and career readiness, including a high school senior, high school, and community college at the 2015 Illinois ACT State Organization Conference in Oak Brook. O’Fallon Township High School was chosen as High School State Exemplar for the State of Illinois.
The event is part of the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, the largest yet with more than 40 participating states including Illinois. One exemplary student in each participating state will receive an academic scholarship from ACT. The Campaign culminates in the ACT National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C. in June. One student, one high school, one community college, and one employer will be chosen from amongst the state exemplars for national recognition.
“For the fourth year in a row, participation in the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign continues to grow,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy, and government relations. “We are proud to recognize the notable achievements of the students, educators, and employers who lead exceptional efforts to improve their schools and workplaces every day.”
The following Illinois individuals and organizations were honored today: Alexandria Feldmeier received the Student Readiness Award, Elgin Community College received the Career Preparedness Award, and O’Fallon Township High School received the College and Career Transition Award.
O’Fallon Township High School was recognized for earning one of the highest ACT averages in the state with one of the lowest instructional costs per pupil and for the scholarship offers awarded to students surpassing $35.8 million for the Graduating Class of 2015. In addition, OTHS has programs designed to support the academic and emotional well-being of students including the Academic Assistance Center, Essential Study Skills, Life Management Skills, partnerships with St. Louis University and Southwestern Illinois Colleges, College Application Week, and Parent Informational Evenings including The College Application Process, Financial Aid, Activity Fairs and several others. Post-graduation surveys of students indicate superior academic preparedness, compared to peers, with a broad spectrum of skills equipping students for college and career success.
Following events in each partner state, state exemplars will then be considered for National Semifinalist status by an ACT Selection Committee, which will narrow the extremely deserving field into four National Semifinalists per category. Finally, a National Selection Committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose from the semifinalists the four National Exemplars, one per category. These National Exemplars, along with all state exemplars and semifinalists, will be honored at the ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June 2016.
To learn more about the ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign and view highlights from previous years, visit www.act.org/readinesscampaign.