County College of Morris (CCM) is one of 19 community colleges across New Jersey hosting a series of activities as part of the first-ever statewide Community College Completion Challenge to increase the number of college graduates in the state.
The kickoff week for the challenge, known as NJ C4, takes place Monday, October 14, to Saturday, October 19. Sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Center for Student Success and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the NJ C4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates so they can successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages.
“We’re excited that the students in the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at CCM are leading this effort on our campus,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “NJ C4 is a terrific program and our Phi Theta Kappa honor students have put together an impressive platform of events to encourage college completion.”
Included among the events scheduled for the kickoff week at CCM are:
- TedTalks at CCM, Monday, October 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Student Community Center, Davidson Rooms, featuring videos on the topics of success and leadership.
- C4 Banner Signing Days, Tuesday, October 15, and Thursday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Student Community Center, Main Lobby, where students can make a personal statement about their commitment to complete college by signing a banner.
- Ask an Honor Student Academic Success Panel, Wednesday, October 16, 2 – 3 p.m., Student Community Center, Davidson Room A. Refreshments will be served.
“The NJEA is proud to partner with New Jersey’s 19 community colleges to support this statewide initiative that aims to encourage students to persevere, succeed and ultimately earn the credentials they need to succeed in New Jersey’s workforce,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer.
The NJEA is providing funding to support NJ C4 at CCM and the state’s other community colleges. In addition, the colleges received a C4 Toolkit provided by Pearson Higher Education. The toolkits provide student pledge cards, faculty/staff pledge cards, signing banners, student guides, faculty/staff guides, posters, stickers, buttons and C4 bracelets.
“Phi Theta Kappa is committed to actively promoting completion of a college credential – an associate degree or certificate among college students,” said Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa. “Throughout this completion week in New Jersey, we hope to encourage students to take that pledge and declare that they will, indeed, complete their education.”
The national Community College Completion Initiative began in April 2010 when leaders from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement signed Democracy’s Colleges: A Call to Action.
The Community College Completion Challenge website, www.cccompletionchallenge.org
, showcases the missions, action plans and strategies developed by each organization to involve their constituents to produce five million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community college students. Its mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide them with opportunities for individual growth and development through service, leadership, honors, and fellowship programs.