Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Phi Theta Kappa to Host “Pledge to Completion” Signing at Phoenix College

Phi Theta Kappa to Host “Pledge to Completion”  Signing at Phoenix College

Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

And that's exactly what students at Phoenix College are promising to do --  signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.

On Monday, March 7, 2011 between the hours of 9am and 12pm in Sophomore Square, students are invited to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. The event is being held in conjunction with the Phoenix College Transfer Fair and is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Rho Pi chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of The Community College Completion Corps, a national education initiative.

In April 2010 leaders of six national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate.

In October 2010 the first White House Summit on Community Colleges was hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college professor. President Obama, philanthropist Melinda Gates and a host of speakers praised community colleges for serving almost half of the nation's college students and playing a pivotal role in educating the workforce.

The President has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of his goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, 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 100,000 students inducted annually.

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