Honor Society Encourages LCCC Students to Complete Their Degree

published Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Lehigh Carbon Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa spent several days this week encouraging students to complete their associate degree.
“We are saying that it’s hugely important to see it through to the end, to finish your two years here and take your associate degree,” said Christian Gould, secretary of the Alpha Omicron Alpha chapter at LCCC.

PTK members participate annually in Completion Week, which is Oct. 21 to 25 this year. Completion Week is a coordinated effort to raise awareness about the importance of completing a two-year degree. At LCCC, PTK members set up a table in the main cafeteria and encouraged students to sign a banner pledging to complete their degree. They also distributed candy bars with a wrapper that reads, “Nothing is sweeter than being a completer.”

“It’s important to have this presence, to keep this in the forefront of students’ minds,” Gould said. “Plus, when you give out a candy bar, people react to that. It gives them a chance to find out more about PTK, too.”
PTK is the national honor society for two-year colleges, and it provides members with learning experiences, resources and scholarship opportunities. While completing an associate is the focus of Completion Week, many students then transfer to four-year schools to complete a bachelor’s degree. Gould, for example, plans to transfer to Bucknell University to continue studying education, as part of LCCC’s Bucknell Community College Scholars program.
“Even though I am planning to transfer out, my goal is to get my associate, because that is very helpful no matter where life takes me,” Gould said.
LCCC’s Completion Week activities are in conjunction with National Transfer Student Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness about transfer opportunities, programs and partnerships that are available to students. 
For more information about PTK, contact Gene Eden, director of Student Life at LCCC, at geden@lccc.edu or 610-799-1146.