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WHEREAS, ACT has launched a College- and Career-Readiness Campaign to celebrate achievement and create awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all; and

WHEREAS, ACT has partnered with Alabama and select states to celebrate Shelton State Community College that has shown an accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs such as the Ready to Work program; improved efforts to develop relationships with local employers including Phifer Incorporated, and Coral Industries; showed student success indicators including second-year retention, graduation, and four-year-college transfer rates, including for students from underrepresented racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds; showcased a dedication of administrators and faculty to career planning; and increased commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom; and

WHEREAS, the Ready to Work program allows students to receive ACT WorkKeys certification, obtain manufacturing and computer skills, learn how to build resumes and applications, improve workplace behavior skills and work ethics; and

WHEREAS, the Ready to Work program helps employers by improving retention rates and creating well-trained, valuable employees; and

WHEREAS, Shelton State Community College has been nominated by the Alabama State Department of Education and ACT as an ACT College- and Career-Readiness Community College Nominee for the Career Preparedness Award; and

WHEREAS, the ACT College- and Career-Readiness Community College State Nominee Shelton State Community College will be celebrated throughout the state and nation, with the opportunity to be chosen by ACT as the national winner and honored at a gala in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign helps to further the vision of PLAN 2020: “Every Child a Graduate – Every Graduate Prepared for College, Work, Adulthood in the 21st Century”:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education hereby congratulates Shelton State Community College for successful academic and professional work and for being named as the Alabama Community College Nominee for the ACT College- and Career-Readiness Campaign, Career Preparedness Award.

Done this 9th day of April, 2014