ATCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns Reach Award

Apr 15, 2022 | 8:56 AM
Alexandria Technical & Community College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society was awarded the Reach Award for excelling in membership development.
The Alexandria College chapter of PTK, Alpha Pi Phi, inducted 45 new members in 2021 and another 24 new members spring semester 2022.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the official honor society for two-year colleges with principles of scholarship, leadership and fellowship.

Alpha Pi Phi advisors Carly Erickson and Jessica Wade-Ferrell have worked to increase membership enrollment, despite restrictions from COVID and challenges with meeting in-person for meetings and events. The benefits include support for academic endeavors, mentorship, leadership skill development, and engagement with peers and faculty which leads to higher graduation rates, according to PTK President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner. 

“PTK membership creates higher self-efficacy, fosters a sense of belonging, and provides a supportive community for learning and self-expression," Tincher-Ladner said. "Our work leads to increased student engagement which is what causes higher rates of student success. I am so proud of our Reach Chapters—they worked exceptionally hard to create spaces where students could connect and support one another—even amid a global pandemic.”

PTK celebrated 464 chapters for outstanding growth in 2022. The society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

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