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PPCC Students Take Pledge on Community College Completion Day

Colorado Springs, Colo. – November 5, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Phi Theta Kappa honor society students will gather to sign the Community College Completion Pledge on the State Capital building steps, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Nov. 22, 12:00 - 2 p.m. Community college students, faculty and staff from around the state will join them.

This ceremony celebrates the recent Colorado legislative proclamation declaring November 22 as Community College Completion Day.

The keynotes speakers are Dr. Nancy McCallin, President, Colorado Community College System and Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa.

In 2011 Phi Theta Kappa launched the Community College Completion Corps, a student led campus-based effort to increase student success by informing students about the benefits of completing a credential/degree and the consequences of not doing so.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of community college students have pledged to Commit to Complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer to a four year institution 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.

The recession has resulted in increased community college enrollment nationwide. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said, “We must educate our way to recovery.” He like many business, policy and philanthropic leaders sees community colleges as the affordable and workable solution to get more people ready for the workforce.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in every state and around the world. Approximately 135,000 students are inducted annually and more than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso County and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.