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November 20, 2014

PTK to host “Commit to Complete” signing at Cowley College Mulvane Center


PTKStatistics 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 Cowley College’s Mulvane Center and Arkansas City campus 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.

November 17 and 18, in the main lobby of the Mulvane Center, and November 19 and 20 at the Arkansas City campus students will have the opportunity to sign the completion banner, showing their commitment to completing their programs. The event is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Gamma Upsilon. This is part of a national community college movement. Phi Theta Kappa members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Corps, a national education initiative.

Cowley’s PTK members will be staffing tables in the main lobby of the Mulvane Center, and in the cafeteria, the Brown Center and Galle Johnson at the Arkansas City campus, talking to students about the importance of completing their degree or certificate program and offering to find help for students who run into the common roadblocks of finishing.

The chapter is also sponsoring an essay contest, which involves responding to the question “What motivates you to commit to complete your associate degree or certificate program at Cowley College?”


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.

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 in October 2010. 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, plus 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.