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Phi Theta Kappa Promotes Commit to Completion Signing at PCC

August 28, 2013

Tucson, AZ: kick off the fall semester, Pima Community College students will join their peers across the country in pledging to complete their degrees and certificates.

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.

Alpha Beta Chi, the College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, is encouraging PCC students to complete their degrees and certificates by hosting Commit to Completion signing events 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 5, at PCC's Downtown, West, East, Desert Vista and Northwest campuses.

During the event, students will be asked to sign a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff also are asked to sign the pledge as their commitment to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

In addition, a Resource Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., that day in the Downtown Campus Amethyst Room. The fair is to help students become familiar with college and community resources to help them graduate.

The completion pledge is part of a national community college movement. PTK chapters are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, 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. Phi Theta Kappa 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 10 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.

Pearson is proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to promote completion awareness through their sponsorship of the C4 Toolkit used by chapters to plan events on their campuses. Learn more about Pearson at www.pearsonhighered.com.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus 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 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

CONTACT:
C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850
ckaramargin@pima.edu