LBWCC’s PTK Chapter Exceeds Membership Acceptance
March 17, 2021
For the fourth consecutive year, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Beta Eta Chapter grew in membership and received free graduation stoles from the international honor society for two-year colleges through its REACH Rewards program.
“We received 15 stoles for achieving 54.7 percent acceptance rate of all eligible students in chapter membership,” said Chapter Advisor, Heather Owen.
The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. REACH, which stands for recognizing excellence in acceptance and completion with honors, was created by PTK to encourage membership and reward chapters achieving or exceeding 15 percent for their membership acceptance rate.
“The high level of membership acceptance is in part, due to the LBWCC Foundation,” Owen added. ”Since 2015 the Foundation has paid half of the $80 membership fee for any student from LBW that wishes to join.”
LBWCC Foundation President Jessie Self said the funds awarded to help with the cost of membership falls within the organization’s mission of providing financial support to the College and its students.
“The Foundation is proud to support members interested in joining PTK,” said LBWCC Foundation President, Jessie Self. “Assisting with membership costs has proven to benefit the growth of this prestigious honor society.”
The Alpha Beta Eta Chapter includes students from campuses in Andalusia and Opp. Based on a calendar year, the awards are calculated using number of new members, acceptance rate for the chapter, and the graduation rate for the institution.
Eligibility for membership in PTK include enrollment in an accredited institution offering associate degree programs, completion of at least 12 credit hours of coursework, grade point average of 3.5, receipt of invitation, and adherence to the moral standards of the society.
Membership benefits include scholarship opportunities, job skills development, honors recognition, and PTK community involvement.
Advisor for the Alpha Beta Eta Chapter is Heather Owen, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.