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Rock Creek students are taking the completion pledge

Story by Janis Nichols.

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 at the Rock Creek Campus are promising to do – signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday April 5, in the Building 3 Mall, students will gather to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. The event is hosted by the College’s Phi Theta Kappa – Beta Gamma Lambda chapter.

In April 2010, leaders of six national organizations representing the nation’s 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. President Barack Obama has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of his goal to restore the United States as the world’s leader in college graduates.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 states and in countries around the world.