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. That’s exactly what students at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) will promise to do during the Community College Completion Challenge (C4) 8 to 9 a.m. Monday in the Instructional Center or 5:15 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center (during women’s and men’s basketball games); 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Instructional Center; and Nov. 21 and 22 at the Osceola Center.
During C4, students will sign a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff will also be asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.
Students will gather to sign the completion pledge as part of a national community college movement.
At SWCC, the signing event is part of SWCC Week, Nov. 18-22, which provides students with activities to reinforce community on campus. The event is being hosted by SWCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Eta Nu. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative.
During SWCC Week, Beta Eta Nu will also be sponsoring a nonperishable food drive and fundraiser activity to support community food pantries.
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 during the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate. Phi Theta Kappa launched the Community College Completion Corps in response to this call.
At the 2010 White House Summit for Community Colleges, President Obama called for community colleges to produce an additional five million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of a goal to restore the United States as the world’s leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now ranked 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials.
Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org.