Among them are mothers and military veterans. They are 17 years old and 71 years young. Despite their differences, they are all high-achieving students at Montgomery County Community College, and they are now all members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world.
More than 80 students from the Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter on the Central Campus in Blue Bell and the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter on the West Campus in Pottstown were inducted recently into Phi Theta Kappa in moving, symbolism-filled ceremonies.
“Take a moment to take it all in,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, MCCC president, at the Central Campus induction ceremony. “PTK is an amazing accomplishment. You should take great pride in your work.”
Debbie Zlomek, the patient education coordinator for PMSI in Pottstown and a 2007 graduate of the College with a degree in Nursing, served as the guest speaker at the West Campus ceremony. She went back to college after a career in human resources.
"There was always someone rooting for me when I came back to college, but you have to root for yourself, too,” Zlomek said. “Be proud to tell people you have made it.”
To be considered for induction, students must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and must be invited to join by the chapter at their respective campus. Members receive exclusive scholarship opportunities, benefits and professional development opportunities.