A 4-Day PTK Crash Course

Editor’s Note: This story was written and submitted by officers of the Alpha Zeta Eta Chapter at North Lake College in Texas.

Becoming a chapter officer in Phi Theta Kappa is an important accomplishment and incredible milestone requiring a considerable amount of responsibility, which is why offering training sessions for your officer team is key to its success.

At North Lake College in Irving, Texas, our officers attend a four-day training session hosted by our Texas Region Alumni Association trainers. All chapters in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) are invited to attend this free training, where we learn about leadership duties, setting goals, building teamwork and planning events, as well as specific programs like Honors in Action and College Projects.

It is a chance to meet new people, make new friends, learn, and bond. All current and potential officers, committee chairs, and members interested in taking leadership positions in their chapter are invited to attend the training.

Officers from PTK chapters at DCCCD college campuses in Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro and Cedar Valley attended this year’s training, which started with “Phi Theta Kappa 101.” This session covered the basics of what Phi Theta Kappa means and what chapter officers need to know about the organization.

Next, we discussed protocol within our chapters and district. Sessions on hosting successful meetings, delegating responsibilities, building vitae and resumes, and applying for scholarships followed — and that was just day one!

One day of the training was dedicated to Honors in Action. We went through the Honors Program Guide, we discussed and researched themes, and we learned the ins and outs of how the Honors in Action Project works.

One day — the annual Spring Fling — was spent networking and simply having fun with the other chapters.

On the final day of training, each officer team learned its chapter’s bylaws. We examined the Hallmark Awards program. And, we explored the Five Star Competitive Edge program under the leadership of our trainers, who were Five Star members.

A Phi Theta Kappa crash course in four days — it was completely worth it, and we are now prepared to help our fellow members this upcoming term. We connected with members from other chapters and cannot wait to see them at the Texas Honors Institute in July. We are now prepared to lead our chapters to success!

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