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PTK Catalyst 2018: What’s Your Return on Investment?

PTK Catalyst 2018:  What’s Your Return on Investment?

Are you on the fence about whether to attend PTK Catalyst 2018? For Dr. Glenda Colagross, Interim President of Northwest-Shoals Community College in Alabama, it’s a no-brainer.

“The first time I attended a Phi Theta Kappa convention, I remember thinking, ‘Wow! This is the like the Academy Awards for smart students!’” she said. “It is so important to make sure our students can attend this particular event because it’s a way to recognize them for their hard work and academic achievement; to allow these campus leaders to travel to a major city, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of them.

“Not only am I sending my chapters, but I am riding a bus from Alabama to Kansas City with about half the chapters in the Alabama Community College System!”

PTK Catalyst 2018 will be the Party of the Century, and it may be the bargain of the century as well. For a total cost of around $800 per student (registration, lodging, and travel), what’s in it for you and your college?

See Internationally known speakers share their view of the world. Hear from Tony Award-winning Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, authors Susan Cain and Amy Cuddy, and futurist Chris Riddell, as well as PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner and International President Amanda Karpinski. Listening to what they have to say may just change your life.

Planning to transfer? You’ll have an opportunity to visit with representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at the nation’s largest Transfer College Fair. Plan to attend educational forums on our Transfer Readiness Track, such as “Transferring to a University without a Financial Burden,” “Scholarship Essay Strategies for the Socially Awkward,” and “Find the College and Scholarship of Your Dreams.”

Headed straight to work? Check out these Workforce Readiness ed forums, like “Edit Your Way to a Quality Resume,” “How to WOW in Your Next Job Interview,” and “Business Success: Is There a Secret Formula?”

Either way, you'll have a job someday. Get ready for it in the Soft Skills Track, which will feature subjects such as “Developing Your Personal Brand,” “How to Learn Anything and Study Successfully,” and “Leverage PTK Skills to Pay the Bills.”

Want to take your college’s chapter to the next level? Learn from the masters in the Leadership Development Track. They’ll cover topics like “Honors in Action: New and Improved,” “Developing Strong Teams,” and “Hallmark Awards in Depth.”

Are you an advisor looking for professional development opportunities? Don’t miss these ed forums especially for advisors, including “Using Your College’s Learning Management System to Engage Members,” “Developing a Strong Curriculum Vitae,” and “Reaching Your Chapter’s Full Potential.”

Are you an alumnus who wants to give back and keep learning? Visit with other alumni at our Coming Home Reception and attend forums like “The Joys and Challenges of Alumni Associations,” “Graduate School 411,” and “Mission (Im)Possible: Re-Engage Chapter Alumni.”

There is literally something for everyone, from “Why Coding Matters in Today’s World” to “How to Apply to Medical School.” See a complete list of the eight rounds of education forums offered at PTK Catalyst 2018. These are life skills you’ll use for years to come.                                                                                                              

Are you an administrator who wants to be inspired by your student leaders? Come to PTK Catalyst 2018 and look on proudly as they run for International Office, receive awards for their work, and participate in the Parade of Scholars. Network with other administrators and see how your college stacks up to the competition.

Want to Join 5,000 other members to celebrate PTK’s 100th birthday? We thought so. That’s why we’ve planned two special celebrations — a casual party on Friday evening where you can join in some friendly competition, and a posh event on Saturday evening complete with dancing and entertainment.

Concerned about meal expenses? Remember, registration for PTK Catalyst 2018 covers more meals than ever before — two lunches and two dinners. Plus, you’ll find inexpensive food all around the Kansas City Convention Center. Your PTK Catalyst name badge will also get you discounts at these Kansas City businesses.

PTK Catalyst 2018 will offer unprecedented educational, professional, and career development opportunities, so we hope your college will be represented. We know your resources are limited, and so are your chapter’s, but this conference offers a tremendous value for the investment.

Consider reaching out to your college administrators for financial help if your chapter hasn’t already. The deadline for the discounted registration rate is March 28, so there’s still time to register and book your lodging. Special dietary needs? Tell us by March 23.

Know you’re coming to PTK Catalyst 2018? You can pre-order your member-designed official t-shirt now at the PTK Store and wear it at the #PTKPartyoftheCentury in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21.

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