HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM
In spring 2015, Superintendent Dr. Bruce A. Kimpston convened a task force charged with examining other districts' college and career readiness programs and what a similar program might look like in Ankeny. This task force defined college and career readiness in Ankeny as:
The state of being fully prepared for a lifetime of personal success beyond high school, regardless of pathway after high school graduation. College and career ready students demonstrate critical thinking, complex communication, creativity, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, productivity and accountability, as defined by the Universal Constructs in the Iowa Core. Additionally, students are self-directed and demonstrate grit, the desire to persevere despite the obstacles that may stand in their way.
For the past two years, the task force has been engaged in learning about quality college and career readiness experiences. Their goal was to put a program in place that provided students, in partnership with the workforce, authentic, real-life program-solving experiences.