NEWTON, NJ – April 22, 2014 – The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will honor New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 20th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 1, at the Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sussex County Community College students Paul Abatemarco of Sparta and Ashley Engels of Newton have been named to the 2014 New Jersey All-State Academic Team.
“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, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA),” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges.”
21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 96 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.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.