Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.
And that’s exactly what students at Sussex County Community College will be promising to do — signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degree or certificate before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.
On Monday, October 19 from 10 am-1 pm in the Student Center, students will gather to sign the completion pledge, part of a national community college movement. Along with the signing, SCCC will once again host motivational speaker, Jon Vroman. Jon will speak to students on Thursday, October 22 from 10:50 am – 12:05 pm in the Student Center Theater. He will also be available to chat with students afterwards.
The event is being hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org. Students who complete their degree or certificate will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.
Why Complete? Here are some of the facts:
• More than 70 percent of community college students who transfer to a senior college with an associate degree successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Those who transfer without the associate degree increase their likelihood of never earning a baccalaureate degree.
• Students with associate degrees lose fewer credits, if any, when transferring to senior colleges. In many states, it’s the law!
• Students who transfer to public senior colleges without an associate degree are often forced to take additional classes or repeat classes at the senior college at three times the cost of community college tuition.
For more information about the Completion initiative, click here: http://www.cccompletioncorps.org/why-complete.