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PTK Completion Project Hosts Transfer Fair

The MCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, recently held a transfer fair as part of kickoff week for the Community College Completion Challenge (called C4).

Sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges' Center for Student Success and the New Jersey Education Association, the NJ C4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates so that they have the credentials they need to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor's degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages.

Activities were held at all of New Jersey's 19 community colleges during the week of October 14-18.

"Phi Theta Kappa is committed to actively promoting completion of a college credential – an associate degree or certificate among college students," said Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa. "Throughout this completion week in New Jersey we hope to encourage students to take that pledge and declare that they will, indeed, complete their education."

The Council videotaped the transfer fair, as well as conducted interviews with students, College President Joann La Perla-Morales, as well as PTK Co-Presidents Ron Rubanick and Yana Burlachka.

The Community College Completion Challenge website, www.cccompletionchallenge.org, showcases the missions, action plans and strategies developed by each organization to involve their constituents to produce five million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.