ACT hosted its fourth annual National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June, the capstone event of a year-long campaign to highlight students, schools, and employers for their exceptional achievements and commitment to preparing all individuals for life after high school. Crossland Construction took top honors nationally as the ACT Employer Exemplar.
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. Crossland uses the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ to identify employees and interns for recruitment and mentoring opportunities.
“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. Criteria in the employer category included strength of relationships with local colleges and high schools, provision of opportunities for employees to acquire new knowledge and skills, use of career readiness assessments for recruitment and advancement within the company, efforts to create and maintain diversity in the workforce and work done by employer and employees to give back to the local community.