Mar 8, 2014 1:56 PM by Cody Proctor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GREAT FALLS -- In the middle of the Montana University System's Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, three ACT College & Career Readiness awards were given out to Great Falls College-MSU, Bozeman High School and Bozeman High School senior Alisa Braun.
The ACT's College & Career Campaign gives awards out for four categories: Student Readiness (student), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer).
Montana is one of eight states taking part in the campaign.
Great Falls College-MSU dean Susan Wolff said, "To receive this award from ACT, a national organization who's here to help students understand where they are in their readiness for college, and we're a part of that."
According to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, last year was the first time that the state provided all juniors the chance to take the ACT test; before then, just over half of all juniors took the test.
Juneau noted, "That test is now offered to every junior across the state at no cost during the school day. They don't have to travel and we've seen great results and so today's a celebration of that."
Governor Steve Bullock, who was present for the ceremony, says it's important to recognize the recipients because they reflect the college and career readiness Montana strives for: "From the Great Falls College to Bozeman High School to the individual student, we want to make sure every student in Montana has that opportunity to succeed and really focusing on college and career readiness is a big piece of that."
Montana's nominees will have the opportunity to be selected for national recognition in June.