Jun 24, 2010
Two Middlesex County College students were among 31 from community colleges all over the state who were honored at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ 16th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration in Trenton. The two are Christopher Ghanem (Middlesex Borough) and Cathleen Speranza (Monroe Township).
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 92 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. It also helps students as they transfer as juniors into four-year colleges and universities. Twenty of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students going to their institutions.
The Middlesex County College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently learned that it has been named a Five Star Chapter by the national organization. This recognizes outstanding chapter participation and signifies excellence and achievement in meeting chapter goals in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service and student fellowship. Members plan and develop programs that will have a positive impact on the lives of others, and in the process develop leadership skills.