Southeast Alaska Business Among ACT Semifinalists in College and Career Readiness Campaign
May 23, 2016
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Bullwinkle’s Pizza in Juneau has been named a semifinalist in the national ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. The campaign recognizes students who challenge themselves, high schools and community colleges that defy expectations, and businesses committed to educational and career advancement for their employees and communities.
“We have valuable employees from all walks of life, from the halfway house to the university. Many of my employees have never had opportunities to make choices to become successful. I like giving all my employees opportunities to make choices to improve themselves,” Mitch Falk, owner of Bullwinkle’s Pizza, said in a statement.
When Falk bought the 43-year-old business in 2007 he expanded on its founder’s commitment to support education through college scholarships. From a diverse staff of 55 - half of whom are Alaskan Native - 30 employees have received scholarships in the past eight years. Mr. Falk also created a partnership with the Juneau School District to support youth education initiatives and reimburses employees’ tuition for math and science courses at the University of Alaska Southeast, provided they earn a “B” or higher.
A national selection committee 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).
In the Employer category, in addition to Bullwinkle’s Pizza in Juneau, Capsugel in South Carolina; Crossland Construction Company in Kansas; and Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippii are among the four Employer semifinalists.
“By setting clear goals and tracking measurable progress toward 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.
The four National Exemplars categories are Students, High Schools, Community Colleges and Employers. The winners will be announced 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.
On the Web:
Names and Profiles of Semifinalists
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
Source of News:
Alaska Department of Education
ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign
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