December 2017
Intersections

ACT CollegeReady is now available to pre-order

ACT® CollegeReady™—the new student success tool that empowers learners to address their academic needs and prepare for math and English in college—is available for institutions to pre-order! Subscription pre-orders placed from now through March 2018 will be billed in late March 2018 and fulfilled on April 2, 2018. You can view pricing and reporting options on the pre-order form. Visit www.act.org/collegeready to learn more and pre-order.


Submit Your Proposal for the 2018 ACT Enrollment Management Summit

ACT is now accepting proposals for session content at the ACT 2018 Enrollment Management Summit. Submit your idea today! Priority consideration will be given to proposals submitted by January 19, 2018.

For 33 years, ACT has convened the Enrollment Planners Conference, a one of-a-kind professional development and networking event. Building on this experience, and recognizing that the role of enrollment managers is changing and now more challenging than ever, we are relaunching this conference as the ACT Enrollment Management Summit to better address the professional development needs of enrollment managers. The inaugural ACT Enrollment Management Summit will be held July 18-20, 2018 in Denver, Colorado at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

To learn more about this event, view session topic tracks, and submit your proposal, visit http://www.act.org/enrollmentmanagementsummit.


ACT to Offer PreACT Directly to Students

ACT is expanding its ability to help students improve their college readiness by bringing the PreACT® to national test center locations throughout the US.

The PreACT is an online, multiple-choice test designed to help 10th grade students assess their current academic strengths and weaknesses and better prepare for the ACT® test and, subsequently, college and career success. It measures academic achievement in English, mathematics, reading and science, mirroring the ACT test, but without a writing test option.

Students may register for the PreACT online and take it at selected ACT test center locations throughout the US. The first national PreACT test date will be Saturday, February 10, 2018. All PreACT test dates coincide with the ACT national test dates, giving students the ability to experience testing at a national test center.

For more information on PreACT, visit www.act.org/preactstudent


ACT District Testing: Enrollment Deadline Extended!

School districts interested in participating in the ACT District Testing: Late Spring Administration of the ACT® test now have until January 19, 2018 to enroll.

One of the primary benefits to using the ACT in successive years is the longitudinal data schools receive about the college and career readiness of its students. This data allows districts to make informed curriculum decisions and create data-driven intervention strategies.

The program benefits students in your school district in a number of ways:

  • It provides them with free college-reportable ACT scores that they can use to apply to colleges and for financial aid and scholarships.
  • It provides them with personalized information to explore college and career options based on their individual strengths and interests.
  • It encourages them to consider the option of attending college, particularly for students who may not have seriously considered this option previously.

Additional details and key dates and deadlines are available at www.act.org/district-testing.


Students and Parents Resources – Class of 2018

Check out these resources here.

WORK READY COMMUNITIES

2017 Workforce Summit
ACT celebrated the Work Ready Community (WRC) accomplishments of newly-certified and maintained counties and parishes at the 2017 Workforce Summit in Austin, held November 8th through the 10th. The summit provided in-depth sessions to introduce WRC, leverage WRCs for economic development, and several other best practices shared from local WRC leaders in the field.

ACT Work Ready Communities Academy Spring 2018
Applications are open for the Spring 2018 training academy for new Work Ready Community leaders. The WRC Academy is for leaders who want to move aggressively forward into this 21st-century approach to work readiness and economic development. The Academy is a ten-month performance-driven program to empower local WRC leadership teams use to initiate, deploy and drive carefully tailored to the needs of the region. Learn more and apply online at https://www.workreadycommunities.org/index/academy.

Why Skilled Labor is the No.1 Location Driver for Manufacturers Today
Quality Magazine recently showcased Missouri’s Work Ready Communities success as an example to address labor skill challenges through initiatives led by state and regional economic development organizations. The article lamented the challenges of manufacturers in building the right workforce and the trends that make workforce the top criteria for location decisions of manufacturing investors. Check out the article online.


FROM THE FIELD

Kentucky
The Kentucky Council held its second annual State Organization Symposium on October 27 at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, KY. There were 85 educators and workforce professionals in attendance and we received positive feedback from attendees. Sessions topics included Dual Enrollment, Education Technology, ACT Prep, Social & Emotional Learning, and Work Ready Communities, among others. A huge thank you to Past-Chair, Kevin Beardmore for hosting the event and Linda Calhoun with OCTC for doing such a fabulous job with set up! The Council will look to host another event next year and continue our tour of the state focusing on central Kentucky for 2018.

Mississippi
The Mississippi Council partnered with the Mississippi Counseling Association for the second year in a row and offered an ACT day on the first day of their 3-day conference which hosted over 700 counselors in Tupelo, MS on November 8 - 10. Session topics included Social & Emotional Learning, Equity & Access, Economic Development, Best Practices for ACT Success, and a Postsecondary Admissions Panel, among others. Special thanks to Council member and Past-President of the Mississippi Counseling Association, Jayme Sullivan for all of her hard work to help make this happen! Immediate feedback was very positive and we look forward to receiving final numbers and survey results soon.

Hawai`i
The Hawai’i ACT Council will be engaging in a Social Marketing campaign called, “Take 2” to encourage more students in Hawai’i to take the ACT at least two times. In Hawaii, 83 percent of the ACT-tested graduating class took the ACT only once, compared to the national average of 55 percent. Many of these students could expand their options for colleges and scholarships with an improved ACT Score. Additionally, students from families with low incomes could be taking the ACT for free 1-2 more times with a fee waiver while gaining free access to ACT Online Prep and ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live.

Events

  • Hawai`i ACT Success Workshops
    December 12-14, 2017
    Register here
  • Missouri ACT State Organization Conference
    January 8, 2018
    Register here
  • Arizona ACT State Organization Conference
    January 22, 2018
    Register here
  • Colorado College & Career Readiness Conference
    February 1, 2018
    Register here
  • Minnesota ACT State Organization Conference
    February 9, 2018
    Register here
  • Nevada ACT State Organization Conference
    February 9, 2018
    Register here
  • Wisconsin ACT State Organization Conference
    February 13, 2018
    Register here
  • Iowa ACT State Organization Conference
    March 7, 2018
    Register here

The ACT Center for Equity in Learning


The ACT Center for Equity in Learning advances ACT’s nonprofit mission to help people achieve education and workplace success through partnerships, research, and initiatives aimed at closing gaps in equity and achievement for underserved learners. This team works closely with the education and workforce communities, including state and federal education leaders to promote equity in education and career opportunities.

One project the Center has been collaborating on is new research on the economic impact of career readiness and the skills gap in the U.S. workforce. This has led to a discussion around the positive relationship between higher ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate and ACT WorkKeys skill levels and short- and long-term wages. Over the summer, the Center released two new reports on working learners. The reports examine working and learning in college as well as learning opportunities available for adult employees.

In an unprecedented collaboration, higher education advocates and leaders are partnering on a new effort that supplements their existing work to help high school students learn about, apply for, and transition into college. Steps2College is a one-stop site for everything you need to support your students through the college-going process. You can learn about the college application process and what student aid options are available, celebrate college decisions, and ensure students know the critical enrollment steps once they have decided where to go – all in one place!

We invite you to stay connected with us on Twitter at @ACTEquity and read the Equity in ACTion blog for our latest initiatives and news.

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