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PTK Encourages Students to “Commit to Complete”

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Commit to Complete Group Shot (panther tales)Group Signing (panther tales)Members of Tau Epsilon, South Florida State College’s (SFSC) chapter of the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), want fellow students to understand the importance of degree completion by promoting the Community College Completion Corps (C4) national education initiative.

 Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in his or her chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. That’s exactly what students at SFSC have promised to do by signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty, and staff were also asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

A large “Commit to Completion” banner was displayed in Building B during Club Rush on Sept. 5 that bears the signatures of students who understand the importance of completion. Over 150 students and faculty pledged support to completion at the event and were treated to a free green wristband recognizing their commitment. PTK plans to hold another signing event at SFSC’s Desoto and Hardee campuses.

“I have always heard the comment on the first day of classes for students to look around at their classmates because one out of four of them will not be there next year,” said Kim Hemler, PTK co-advisor and SFSC counselor. “Statistics such as these have prompted the nation to work together and encourage students enrolled in college to complete their certificate or degree. Starting off the fall term with the Commit to Complete event was an excellent time as new students begin work on their degrees or certificates at SFSC. I hope that it excited and motivated students and helped them to realize how important it is, especially today, to finish what they start.”

Statistically, completion of an associate degree or certificate aids the transfer process to a four-year school, enhances job security, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, increases earnings up to $8,000 more per year and $400,000 in a lifetime.

“We felt that holding the Commit to Complete event alongside Club Rush would give students the opportunity to see how they can be involved on campus in a variety of ways,” Hemler said. “Students who are involved in clubs and organizations on campus are more likely to complete their degree or certificate. We are here to assist students in discovering a new world, and one way to do that is to support them with their commitment to complete.”

PTK is the international honor society for two-year college students. It’s mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship by providing 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 PTK, contact Hemler at 863-784-7331 or kim.hemler@southflorida.edu.

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