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PCC Students Sign Completion Pledge

05 February 2015

Last week, 146 students at Pratt Community College signed a mass completion pledge, an event that was hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The event is part of a national education initiative called the Community College Completion Challenge (C4) and asks students to commit to finishing their associate’s degree or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.
An editorial released by Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley states that 85 percent of the 13 million students enrolled in credit courses in community colleges express intention to complete a baccalaureate degree; yet studies suggest that only 10 to 25 percent of these students actually complete the degree within six years. According to a National Student Clearing House study, community college students who transfer to senior college with an associate degree complete their baccalaureate degree 70 percent of the time.
For those that don’t intend to transfer, completing a community college degree helps an individual earn up to $400,000 more in their lifetime than those who don’t complete. The editorial states that no matter who you are, associate degree or credential completion provides students with a safety net for those times when unforeseen circumstances occur that derail or delay their long-term goals.
“This is a call to action to our community colleges, and our nation’s economic prosperity and democracy are hanging in the balance,” said Risley.
Every NJCAA athletic team at Pratt Community College participated in the event, and encouraged all their athletes to sign the pledge.
“It is important to our department that we not focus not only on producing great athletes, but great students and great citizens,” said Athletic Director Kurt McAfee. “Our team members are preparing themselves for success on and off the field every day, and this was a good way to reinforce the importance of completing their degree.”
Twelve administrators, faculty and staff also signed a pledge affirming their role in promoting an educated citizenry, a globally competitive workforce and a positive learning environment. All participants at the event signed their names to a banner which will be displayed in Topeka on Feb. 12 at the state legislature’s Phi Theta Kappa Day events, and will be displayed on campus after that.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at www.ptk.org.




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