Phi Theta Kappa hosted a Call to Action Thursday in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center encouraging staff and faculty to make a Commit to Complete pledge.

Staff and faculty were in attendance, pledging to “support my students as they pursue an associate’s degree or certificate at TJC.”

That sentence opened the pledge that many signed. It went on to say, “I believe that college completion matters and that every student is important.”

Thursday’s event featured speaker Julie Speaks, the Vice President of Service with Phi Theta Kappa. She spoke of her own experiences while promoting the Commit to Complete cause. “(Today) we are presenting Call to Action, which is a national program to keep kids in school … to stay here and get an AA degree,” Speaks said. “We have a form that the teachers will sign, committing themselves to helping keep these kids in school. It will be laminated and put on their door so students know they are committed to helping them.”

The event promoted the Degree Works program, which is a web-based planning tool to assist students receive their Associate’s Degree. The program helps students decide what courses they need to take and follows their progress to completion.

According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, students earning an Associate’s Degree will earn up to $500,000 more over a lifetime than those without a post-secondary certificate or degree. Those earning a degree or certificate are more likely to be hired and less likely to become unemployed than those without.

The Center also says that studies show that in less than six years, 67 percent of all new jobs providing livable wages will require a credential beyond a high school diploma.

That is why Speaks and Phi Theta Kappa are calling the faculty and staff of TJC to arms — to arm the students with the education they need to make something of themselves by completing their degree or certificate plan at TJC.

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Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Services speaks to TJC faculty and staff at the Call to Action event Thursday in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center.
Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Services speaks to TJC faculty and staff at the Call to Action event Thursday in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center.

Photos by Rhonda Wright

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