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Madisonville Community College was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education during the April 1st meeting in Frankfort with the ACT Career Preparedness Award for Kentucky. The recognition is part of ACT s third annual national College and Career Readiness Campaign designed to bring attention to the hard work and exceptional achievements of those who epitomize college- and career-readiness success across the education and workforce continuum.

The Career Preparedness Award presented to MCC was in recognition of the college s offering of a robust array of career programming, partnering with area businesses on job training, and providing real-life work experiences for students. MCC offers 23 technical programs plus transfer degrees and 2+2 transfer options with Murray State University. Through MCC s implementation of its Personal Effectiveness Skills initiative, faculty routinely assess and develop students soft skills as related to personal commitment, responsibility, communication, and behavior. MCC also offers an intensive advising and career counseling program which has increased its retention and persistence to graduation rates.

An ACT selection committee will review all state nominations and choose the national semifinalists in April. A national selection committee comprised of education and workforce development leaders will then select one honoree per category for national recognition at the ACT National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, DC on June 9. Kentucky is one of 30 states participating in the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.