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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Students Encourage Students to Finish Their WCC Degrees

WCC’s Beta Gamma Alpha chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is encouraging students to take a pledge to finish college. Students can make pledges during Completion Day, an event PTK is sponsoring on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building.

“Student officers of Beta Gamma Alpha will be working with WCC administration and faculty to provide seven commitment stations that offer information on College resources, the benefits of completion, and more,” said Kate Isley, PTK chapter chair. “Students also will have the opportunity to take part in a YouTube video project by pledging to a friend, family member, or loved one that they will complete a degree or program at Washtenaw Community College.”

Students who visit all of the tables will be entered into a contest to win a $100 credit at WCC’s bookstore. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear a special button that day and to talk to students about the importance of completing a degree or certificate. Buttons will be delivered to College mailboxes on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The impetus for the event goes back to April 2010, when PTK was the only student organization asked to sign a pledge among the nation’s 1,200 community colleges to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade.

Completing a degree or certificate has many benefits. They include:

  • Students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn about $8,000 more per year and about $400,000 more in a lifetime than high school graduates, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • People with a two-year degree or certificate are more likely to retain their jobs. Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

For more information about the WCC Completion Day event, contact Kate Isley or Peter Leshkevich.

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