Montcalm Community College’s Alpha Tau Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa sponsored a “Dream to Complete” week on its Sidney, Michigan, campus this fall to encourage its students to finish what they have started – their college credentials.
Students who complete a community college degree or credential can earn up to $400,000 more during their lifetime than those who don’t complete,” said MCC President Bob Ferrentino. “Community college degree completion is their pathway to unlimited opportunities.”
Special activities throughout the week ended with a “Commit to Complete” day, when 90 students and supporters committed themselves to degree and credential completion. Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa, and Janet Bloomfield, vice president for employment training with Michigan Works, were keynote speakers.
Katrina Soper, public relations officer for the Alpha Tau Alpha Chapter , was a key organizer for the organization’s week-long effort.
“We came up with idea to help students get a better feel for what is available to them at MCC in terms of academics,” Soper said. “We often find that students begin college and don’t know what they want to do – what type of career they are interested in. They take a few classes and become discouraged and then drop out of college.
“Our goal was to create awareness about potential career paths and the degrees needed to achieve success both academically and in the workplace,” Soper said. “We also emphasized importance of degree completion as a key to overall success.”
MCC’s “Dream to Complete” week also featured workshops and discussions on:
- “Dream to Achieve,” which focused on the awareness of the importance of degree completion and strategies to achieve completion.
- “Close-up Career,” which featured business and military representatives discussing career options and the degrees needed for various careers. Career interest testing and drop-in counseling/advising also was available.
- “Breakout Degrees,” which offered clarification of pathways made available by different degrees. Faculty from the areas of automotive, biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, English, health occupations, information technology, law, manufacturing technology, math, performing and fine arts, and psychology offered brief presentations about the types of degrees available within the field and the career opportunities those degrees can be used to achieve, then answered questions from participants.