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Phi Theta Kappa to host “Commit to Complete” signing event at Glen Oaks

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 Glen Oaks Community College are promising to do—sign a mass
pledge to complete their associate or certificate degrees before leaving community college for transfer
to a four-year institution or entrance into the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff are also being
asked to sign the pledge to encourage and facilitate completion of student credentials.

On Tuesday, Mar. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on the GOCC Concourse, students will gather to sign the
completion pledge, as part of a national community college movement. The event is hosted by the
college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter Alpha Delta Omega. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are
serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education
initiative.

“We hope to impress upon students the importance of completing their associate or certificate degree
programs at the college level,” says Anne McLeod, president of the GOCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
“Students who make the commitment are more apt to successfully complete their degrees, as they are
not only making a commitment to the college, but also to themselves.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to host an event like this,” says Ben Fries, student success advisor and PTK
advisor. “We’re hoping to encourage college completion and promote student success.”

More information on the initiative is available at www.cccompletioncorps.org.

Background
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. PTK
launched the Community College Completion Corps in response to this call.

At the 2010 White House Summit for Community Colleges President Obama called for community
colleges to produce an additional five million degrees and certificates in the next ten years, part of a
goal to restore the United States as the world’s leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now ranked 16th
among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials.

Students who complete their degrees or certificates will earn an average of $500,000 more over the
course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials
are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.

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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