Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 12, 2015 – Forty-six Pikes Peak Community College students were inducted into the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 24 at the PPCC Rampart Range Campus. Tarasa Hopper, PPCC library staff, was also inducted as an honorary member after two years of administrative service to the chapter.

"Phi Theta Kappa has helped me grow as a student and person by inspiring me to reach for my goals and to take on new challenges. And, it has given me the unique opportunity to interact with people from all over the world,” said Lauren Natali, PPCC student, PTK Colorado Regional VP of Communications.

PPCC’s Alpha Gamma Alpha chapter started at the college in 1976 and currently has approximately 1,000 members. To become a member, students must have a 3.25 GPA, completed 12 college credits and declared a major. Pell Grant recipients have additional requirements. For more info on PPCC’s PTK Chapter, visit ppcc.edu/PTK. 

Phi Theta Kappa, started in 1918, is the oldest honor society serving two-year colleges with approximately 1.5 million members worldwide. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among students of two-year colleges. It also aims to promote individual growth through programs that provide leadership training, scholarship opportunities, fellowship among scholars and service to the community. 

Pikes Peak Community College is in its 47th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 21,000 students annually.