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SFSC Partners With Phi Theta Kappa’s CollegeFish.org

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Pictured front row (left to right): Arianna Dearce, SGA president; Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president; and Anthony Evans, PTK president. Back row: Dr. Ellen Cover, PTK co-advisor; Zach Osha, SGA treasurer; Olivia Sanchez, SGA jurisprudence; and Kim Hemler, PTK co-advisor.

Pictured front row (left to right): Arianna Dearce, SGA president; Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president; and Anthony Evans, PTK president. Back row: Dr. Ellen Cover, PTK co-advisor; Zach Osha, SGA treasurer; Olivia Sanchez, SGA jurisprudence; and Kim Hemler, PTK co-advisor.

South Florida State Colleges’ (SFSC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recently partnered with CollegeFish.org to provide SFSC faculty, staff, and students with a college completion and transfer planning program.

Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president, signed the partnership agreement on Aug. 7. Collegefish.org, developed by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, is an interactive website that facilitates credential completion and transfer. The extensive database offers profiles on more than 2,000 colleges and over $37 million in transfer scholarships. It allows students to plan for completion of their two-year degree and successful transfer to a four-year college or university.

CollegeFish.org allows college advisors, transfer personnel, faculty, and other support personnel the ability to monitor, connect, and manage student completion and transfer progress, easily and economically. At the same time, it aids colleges in reaching their goals of increasing student persistence, graduation, and transfer rates.

In addition to SFSC, five other schools have partnered with CollegeFish.org, including Florida Keys Community College, Polk State College, Miami Dade College, Indian River State College, and Hillsborough Community College.

“To use CollegeFish’s services, students must create a profile,” said Kim Hemler, SFSC counselor and PTK co-advisor. “Each profile consists of information on the demographics, education, transfer preferences, financial, extracurricular activities, and athletics that the student is looking for in a four-year college or university.  This profile will match colleges and universities which are a good fit based on the student’s personalized information. It allows students to narrow their top transfer choices and communicate directly with admissions representatives at those institutions. The student not only receives college and university matches, but it provides possible scholarship opportunities for students.”

“Through this partnership, we want students to become aware of this great new tool available for all college transfer students,” Hemler said.  “Previously, CollegeFish was only available for Phi Theta Kappa members. SFSC’s Advising and Counseling Center, along with Phi Theta Kappa and student government members will be coordinating events this year, so that students become aware of this service and begin using it.”

“We have some fun and exciting events in the planning stages and look forward to assisting students in creating their own individual profiles and begin using this platform,” Hemler said. “Our first introduction of ‘Ike,’ the CollegeFish.org mascot, will be at Club Rush on Sept. 5 in the Building B lobby, on the Highlands Campus.”

About Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

PTK is the international honor society for two-year college students. Its mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship by providing its members with opportunities for developing leadership skills, intellectual growth, academic excellence, and networking with other PTK members. Membership in PTK is open to students who have completed at least 12 hours toward an associate degree and earned a 3.5 grade-point average.

For more information on CollegeFish or PTK, contact Hemler at 863-784-7331 or visit http://www.collegefish.org/.

 

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