More than 60 students were inducted into the Beta Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Klamath Community College recently, a record number for KCC and more than twice as many students as were inducted in 2013. “Watching so many students strive for academic success and reach that goal is outstanding,” said Aaron Orendorff, KCC’s PTK faculty advisor.
Including inductees and their guests, more than 140 people filled the student commons at KCC for the ceremony. “Keep learning and growing,” keynote speaker and KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez told the inductees, “and keep listening to that whisper deep in your heart that helps keep you on that road to excellence.”
To be eligible for membership in the honor society, students must have completed at least 12 credits toward an associate degree, must have a grade point average of at least 3.5, and must adhere to the ethical standards of the society. The newly inducted PTK members now have access to additional scholarships, career resources, and the potential for increased pay for some entry-level jobs. Additionally, their college transcripts and diplomas will be emblazoned with the official seal of Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918. Its mission is two-fold: first, to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students; and, second, to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.