Phi Theta Kappa Leads 'PA Community College Completion Challenge Week' Efforts

PAC4 logoOct. 19, 2015, Harrisburg, Pa.—Senator Bob Mensch, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Community College Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing Oct. 19-23 as the first annual Pennsylvania Community College Completion Challenge (PAC4) Week.

Watch a video of Senator Mensch introducing the resolution

The week is designed to promote the importance of completion and to encourage students to sign an online completion pledge. Community college faculty and staff are also encouraged to sign the pledge to show their support for student completion.

To kick off the week, the Caucus, along with the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, will hold a press conference on Monday, Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in Main Rotunda of the Capitol building in Harrisburg. The press conference will recognize efforts of the state’s PTK chapters to create a culture of completion at Pennsylvania community colleges.

Pennsylvania PTK chapters are planning 84 events at 23 campuses throughout the state, including several activities at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), to celebrate week.

On Monday, Oct. 19, MCCC’s Alpha Kappa Zeta chapter will host a fall festival in the Central Campus quad to educate students about the completion challenge and to encourage them to sign the online pledge. Popcorn and soft pretzels will be available, along with information about how to join PTK for those who qualify.

At West Campus on Monday, Oct. 19, Tau Beta Lambda will host a Completion Carnival from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the South Hall lobby. Students can play games, win prizes and have their photos taken with the Mustang while learning about the completion challenge and signing the completion pledge.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the West Campus, Tau Beta Lambda will host “Pretzels with the Provost” from noon-1 p.m. in the South Hall lounge area across from the Student Success Center. During the event, students will have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Vicki Bastecki-Perez, vice president of academic affairs and provost, while enjoying soft pretzels.

At Central Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Alpha Kappa Zeta members will sign thank you cards to recognize MCCC faculty and staff during the chapter’s meeting. The card campaign will continue on Thursday, Oct. 22 during an orientation session for new PTK members.

At West Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Tau Beta Lambda will host a faculty roundtable during the lunch hour during which students will have the opportunity to get advice from faculty on how to be successful in class.

Throughout the week, both chapters will encourage students to sign completion banners, which will be displayed throughout the semester on MCCC’s campuses.

Share your support of the Pennsylvania Community College Completion Challenge Week on social media with the #PAC4 hashtag.

To learn more about the Community College Completion Challenge, visit To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, visit

- Alana J. Mauger