District Students Earn Platinum Status on ACT WorkKeys; Ready for 99% of Jobs

For many students, deciding which career path to explore after high school can be a source of anxiety and apprehension. To alleviate these concerns, the District has concentrated its efforts to build multiple pathways to educate all students to be college, career, and community ready upon graduation. Career readiness pathways offered by the District include the Bay Link Manufacturing® job shop and International Baccalaureate Programme at West High School, culinary arts program at Preble High School, the City Stadium Automotive program and Fine Arts Institute at East High School, and Project Lead the Way at Southwest High School among others.

In March of this year, more than 950 District juniors took the ACT WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system that measures career readiness skills to help employers hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. Recently five District students learned that they earned Platinum status after taking the ACT WorkKeys assessment, which means they have the necessary foundational skills for 99% of jobs. These students include Cole Toonen (East High School), Nicole Biskner (Preble High School), Matthew Hall (Preble High School), Jamison Moore (Preble High School), and Chelsea Moyer (Southwest High School).

To achieve Platinum status, students had to score at least a level six in each of the three core areas, which include applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. The students who scored Platinum status took a variety of courses throughout their high school careers, and explored multiple career pathways. These courses include languages like Spanish and French, vehicle service, welding, ceramics, web design, and culinary arts. Other students chose a more traditional pathway, taking classes such as calculus, biology, chemistry and various Advanced Placement courses. No matter which pathway a student in Green Bay Area Public Schools chooses, they will be prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century and be ready for college and career.

For more information on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate and ACT WorkKeys, visit www.act.org/certificate/.

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