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ACT Honors Students, Schools and Businesses at College and Career Readiness Recognition Ceremony

ROSEVILLE – On Monday, the Minnesota ACT College and Career Readiness Recognition Ceremony was held at the Minnesota Department of Education to highlight exemplary college and career readiness efforts by high school students, high schools, community colleges and employers.

ACT works with top officials to celebrate achievement and create awareness around the goal of career and college readiness for all. Eight states are partnering with ACT in 2014. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and ACT Public Affairs Manager Denton DeSotel presented awards to these state finalists:

Sandra Yimbo from Osseo Senior High received the Minnesota Student Readiness Award. Nominees were selected based upon factors including college readiness scores in English, mathematics, reading and science; solid growth from grades eight to 10 and the date of the ACT test administration; and a high school grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

St. Louis Park Senior High received the Minnesota High School College and Career Transition Award. Nominated schools were ranked on value-added measures of student growth based on ACT’s College Readiness System (EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT), ACT Composite residual scores and growth data.

Ridgewater College in Willmar received the Minnesota Community College Career Preparedness Award. Nominees for the award were selected based upon demonstrated success rates above what are predicted, including one-year retention or transfer to a four-year institution and three-year graduation rates.

Lakeland Mold of Brainerd received the Minnesota Workplace Success Award. Nominees were selected based upon factors such as strong partnerships with local community colleges to increase skill attainment and certification in order to increase workplace preparedness.

ACT and a national selection committee will choose a national award recipient from among the participating states. National award recipients will be announced at ACT’s National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

Read full story with full list of nominees.

View Photos of Event and Awardees:

ACT College and Career Readiness Student Awardees

Sandra Yimbo, Minnesota Student Category Award Winner

St. Louis Park, Minnesota High School Category Award Winner

Ridgewater College, Minnesota Community College Category Award Winner

Lakeland Mold, Minnesota Workplace/Employer Category Award Winner