Governor Declares Nov. 22 as Community College Completion Day
LAKEWOOD, CO – The national spotlight has been focused on community college colleges in recent weeks is not the norm, but it is timely for families and the nation. As the current economic recession drags on and unemployment remains frustratingly high, the issue of jobs tops everyone’s worry list. Economic malaise has also driven an ongoing enrollment surge at the nation’s community colleges – an increase of almost 17% nationally.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said that we must “educate our way to recovery,” and he, like many business, policy and philanthropic leaders, sees community colleges as the affordable and workable solution to get more people ready for the workplace – now and into future. Statistics 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 in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of the Colorado Region are promising to do – signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, instructors, and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.
Members of Phi Theta Kappa have made it their mission this year to pledge their commitment to degree completion with a signed proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper to declare in Colorado November 22, 2013 as Community College Completion Day.
On Friday, November 22 at 12 noon, students will gather on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Corps Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org.
Colorado Community College System President, Nancy McCallin, Colorado State Representative, Lois Court, and Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley to join college students on this historic day for higher education in Colorado history.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, 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 135,000 students inducted annually. Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at www.ptk.org.
More about Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality education programs leading to two-year degrees or certificates. RRCC serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.
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