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STLCC Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Rally for Commit to Complete Initiative

September 10, 2012

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St. Louis Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters are kicking off a semester-long endeavor to support the Commit to Complete initiative undertaken by the college in fall 2011.

Between Sept. 18 and 27, students will be asked to sign the completion pledge, part of the national education initiative Community College Completion Corps (C4). Students who sign the completion pledge will be registered for the chance to win

  • One of four full tuition, non-transferable scholarships for the spring 2013 semester donated by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey and the STLCC Board of Trustees.
  • One of eight $500 book scholarships.

After signing the completion pledge, students also can sign up for a ticket and bus transportation to the Commit to Complete Rally and Voter Registration Drive Sept. 28 at Kiener Plaza, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals game against the Washington Nationals. A limited number of tickets will be available at each campus and education center for the game, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarship winners will be announced during the Commit to Complete Rally, slated for 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, and Dr. Dorsey will join student leaders to speak about the barriers to student success and completion in the St. Louis region. Other elected officials will speak in support of education.

Phi Theta Kappa members, who are serving as the student arm of C4, also will be seeking donations at these events and others throughout the semester for the STLCC Commit to Complete Scholarship Fund. Emerson has pledged $1,000 to the fund, designed to help many STLCC students complete their education.

President Barack Obama has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of his goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates. Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. By completing a community college degree or certificate, students could earn up to $200,000 more during their lifetime than those who don’t complete an academic credential.

For more information about Commit to Complete events, contact Jeannine Shaffer at jshaffer25@my.stlcc.edu.