There will be a celebration of National Job Corps Commencement Day at 1:30 p.m. today at the Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center.
More than 40 Job Corps graduates will return to Burdick Job Corps to celebrate the event. Minot Area Chamber of Commerce president John MacMartin will be the keynote speaker. Lyn Dockter-Pinnick, former Burdick Job Corps Center director and current vice president of operations for MINACT, Inc., will also speak at the graduation.
The National Job Corps Center Commencement Day will be held the same day that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act creating Job Corps on Aug. 30, 1964. Job Corps provides academic and career and technical training for low income young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
Registration open for college prep testing
Registration is now open for the Oct. 22 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before Sept. 16.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning.
The ACT has four sections English, mathematics, reading and science and takes about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete an optional writing test that requires an additional 30 minutes. Unlike other exams, students are not penalized for guessing or answering all the questions on each test section. In fact, it is beneficial for test takers to answer all questions within the time allowed.
During registration, students may select up to four universities to receive their score reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student. Additional score reports are available for a small fee.
All students complete a detailed inventory of questions during ACT registration. Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning, and college admissions.
The cost for the ACT test without writing is $34. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $49.50. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.
The ACT Web site at (www.actstudent.org) has helpful information, free sample items and inexpensive test prep materials to help students prepare for the exam. However, the best preparation is to take rigorous core courses in school, study hard, and learn the academic skills needed for college. Most students register online. Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices. Late registration is available until Sept. 30 for an additional fee of $21.