Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Some of Coahoma Community College’s brightest students spent Wednesday morning encouraging their peers to join them later in the graduation line.
Members of CCC’s Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa hosted “Coahoma for C4 Day” from 9 a.m. until noon in Whiteside Hall. Community College Completion Corps (C4) is part of a nationwide initiative to increase completion rates for associate degrees, diplomas and program certificates.During the event, members of the prestigious honor society encouraged their fellow peers to sign a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.
In addition to accepting responsibility for their commitment to complete a college credential, students also pledged that they understood the importance of completing college for future success and that they would assist other students in making and honoring the same commitment.
“We’re trying to establish a culture of completion on the campus,” said PTK Advisor and CCC Math and Science Chair Patricia Furdge. “PTK is encouraging students to complete their degree at CCC and preferably move on to a 4-year institution.”
Once students signed the pledge they were given a pocketsize card with the pledge inscribed on it for keepsakes and a handout detailing the Top 10 reasons to earn a degree from a community colleges that included the fact that 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 graduate.
Also on hand nearby were CCC Academic Counselors Yolonda Morton and Lashundra Harris who provided information regarding the services available to students to ensure their successful matriculation at CCC.
PTK has several other events planned this semester to continue the ongoing initiative. On Nov. 20, the organization will pass out apples to all CCC faculty and staff members as a small token of appreciation. On Dec. 2, PTK will host a “Cupcakes for C4”, passing out cupcakes to students who can provide proof of pre-registering and new students who would like to take the pledge.
“Our hope is that everyone—students, teachers, staff and administration—will get involved with this initiative,” said Furdge.
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