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PTK Students Host Community College Completion Challenge Events

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In conjunction with New Jersey’s 18 other community colleges, Burlington County College (BCC) will participate in campus-based activities during the second annual statewide Phi Theta Kappa Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4), an initiative aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of completing associate degrees and certificates.

From Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, student leaders who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for community college students, will hold events to support the initiative.

BCC’s Chi Iota Chapter of PTK will be hosting signing days at the Mount Laurel and Pemberton campuses and the Willingboro Center during the week. At each signing day, PTK officers and members will be available to talk to BCC students about the benefits of completing their degree while encouraging students to sign a C4 banner and fill out a pledge card to show their commitment to their education.

“The NJC4 initiative complements what we do at Burlington County College—offer support to students, and encourage each individual to commit to his or her education, to see them through degree completion, transfer or gainful employment,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “BCC’s honor society students are leading the charge of this initiative, discussing the benefits of degree competition, and all of us, the staff, faculty, administrators, community and family, play an important role in the future success of our students.”

During the first three days of the NJC4 week, the PTK students will also hold “Staff, Faculty, and Administrator Appreciation” events providing coffee and baked goods as a way to thank the employees for all the work they do to support degree completion.

Events will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the following locations: 

  • Monday, Oct. 27: Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle, Laurel Hall Lobby.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28: BCC Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road, Academic Building Lobby.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29: Willingboro Center, 200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210, Main Lobby.
  • Thursday, Oct. 30: Mount Laurel campus, Laurel Hall Lobby.
  • Friday, Oct. 31: Pemberton campus, Academic Building Lobby.

“Students who make a personal pledge to complete their education are more likely to achieve their goals,” said William Whitfield, Chi Iota chapter adviser. “Completing a degree or certificate equips students with the tools and credentials they need to transfer to four-year institutions, successfully earn a bachelor’s degree, and secure good-paying careers that are fulfilling.

“We will also be asking faculty, staff and college administrators to sign pledges recognizing their role in student success and college completion,” Whitfield added.

New this year, the initiative will promote CollegeFish.org, a website that helps students make informed decisions about transferring to four-year colleges and universities. This free service connects students to institutions throughout the country. 

The second annual NJC4 initiative culminates at the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region Honors in Action Conference at Bergen Community College in Lyndhurst on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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About C4
The national Community College Completion Initiative began in April 2010 when leaders from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement signed Democracy’s Colleges: A Call to Action. The Community College Completion Challenge website, www.cccompletionchallenge.org and C4 website www.cccompletioncorps.org showcase the missions, action plans and strategies developed by each organization to involve their constituents to produce 5 million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.
 
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community college students. Its mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide them with opportunities for individual growth and development through service, leadership, honors, and fellowship programs.