Local employer named national semi-finalist for career readiness excellence

A.C.T. College Career Readiness CampaignACT today announced the semifinalists for the 2016 national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. Crossland Construction is one of the honorees in the employer category. The finalists include an impressive array of students, high schools, community colleges and businesses that exemplify efforts to advance college and career readiness for themselves, their students, their employees and their communities.

Crossland is one of the largest family-owned commercial construction companies in the country and is committed to helping its employees advance in their careers by clearly outlining and supporting their career paths and helping them develop corresponding skills and certifications.

“We actively promote the [ACT WorkKeys] test at all schools and recruiting events. In the 2014–2015 school year, we made funding available to all high schools in Cherokee County, Kansas, to give their seniors the Work Readiness exam,” noted Nathan Kubicek of the Crossland Academy.

Crossland is also a minority-owned business and has 1,100 employees in eight offices across six states in the Midwest and Texas. Since 2004, the company has provided more than 900 internships and over $1 million in tuition assistance to area college students, and it uses the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ to identify employees and interns for recruitment and mentoring opportunities. Crossland is also involved in K–12 education efforts and has sponsored the If I Had a Hammer program, which has taught applied math to over 1,000 students in southeast Kansas.

“As our campaign continues to grow in its fourth consecutive year, we are honored to share these stories and celebrate in the remarkable success of these students, schools and employers,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president of policy, advocacy and government relations. “In their states and across the country, these semifinalists are beacons of possibility for future improvements in college and career readiness.”

A national selection committee comprised of seven education and workforce leaders chose four semifinalists in each of four categories: Student Readiness (high school senior), College and Career Transition (high school), Career Preparedness (community college) and Workplace Success (employer). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.

A single National Exemplar will be chosen from each of the four categories. The four National Exemplars will be announced and celebrated at the 2016 ACT National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in late June, where all semifinalists and state exemplars will be recognized. Each of the 41 student state exemplars will be awarded an academic scholarship from ACT, regardless of semifinalist status.

“By setting clear goals and tracking measurable progress towards achieving them, all of this year’s exemplars are having a tangible and meaningful impact on the education and economic advancement of their states,” said Jeremy Anderson, chair of the campaign’s national selection committee and president of Education Commission of the States.

For more information on the awards and other nominees, check out ACT’s press release online.