Mitchell Technical Institute is one step closer to a national award in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness campaign. Four two-year schools from across the United States were notified Thursday that they have been selected as exemplar semi-finalists.
MTI was cited for its annual Career Expo that brings together business/industry and post-secondary education so that high school juniors and seniors can begin connecting the dots between their interests, education after high school, and career goals. The school’s 99% job placement rate shows that its graduates are well prepared and are in high demand for their chosen career area.
Other semi-finalists include Valencia College in Orlando, FL; Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA; and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, NE.
“Each of the semifinalists represent the truest form of commitment to the importance of college and career readiness,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT’s vice president for policy, advocacy and government relations. “State leaders should be very proud of the students, high schools, community colleges, and employers they’ve identified. They all have overcome challenges and made important strides to improve academic achievement and professional advancement across their states.”
The national semifinalists were selected from nominations by each of the participating states across four award categories: Workplace Success (employer), Career Preparedness (community college), College and Career Transition (high school), and Student Readiness (student). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.
The winners in each category, determined earlier this week by a committee of education, business, and political leaders, will be announced at a gala in Washington, D.C., in June.