During the November 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society induction ceremony, Dr. Pamela G. Senegal challenged the current and newly inducted members to strive for success by earning five-star status for the College’s local chapter. The students responded and achieved this set goal by February 2021.

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. Piedmont Community College’s chapter is proof, as students continue to make great strides in the classroom and in the community through their Honors in Action plan.

Honors in Action (HIA) combines academic research, problem solving, and action-oriented service to address real-world challenges in our communities. Students gain job-related experience while creating lasting impacts in their communities as they engage in HIA.

This year, PCC’s PTK students conducted a research project on the topic of “Technology and Education” that included Chromebook training for Caswell County students and parents. This project earned $1,000 from the international Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Grant Program to assist with marketing and hosting the training where PTK members shared tips and tricks for using the school issued Chromebooks more effectively. As part of the grant funding, participants, and others from the local K-12 school system, were given free jump drives.

Jacob Farmer and Kayla Rice, members of PTK, presented their HIA plan to members of the Roxboro Rotary Club. Farmer had been instrumental in writing the plan, while Rice took a lead role in the training program.

In addition, members of the honor society held a successful college project in which 340 canned goods were collected for Second Harvest Food Bank.  Through participation in “Food Lion Feeds” the college received a $1,000 stipend, which was used to give students $25 Food Lion gift cards at the beginning of the pandemic.  

“I am so proud of these students. They assisted in the development and then dedicated themselves to the goals set to achieve five-star status for PCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter,” shares co-advisor Dr. Don Miller, Dean, Distance Learning and Learning Commons. “This not only shows their desire to be successful in the classroom, but it also demonstrates that they care for this community. They’ve reviewed their own skills and were determined to share that to help others become more successful.”

The next class of inductees will be recognized in late April during a virtual ceremony led by current members. To join Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be invited based on their college grade point average. A one-time membership fee is required and the PCC Foundation assists with paying a portion. For those interested in contributing to the PTK fund to support these devoted students, contact Beth Townsend at (336) 322-2104 or beth.townsend@piedmontcc.edu.

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