Students who plan to graduate in December must complete the Petition to Graduate process by October 31. Statistics show that the best way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. In fact, students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn about $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
With these statistics in mind, members of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society are spearheading a campaign to encourage fellow classmates to commit to completing their studies at the college. "Whether a certificate, associate degree or transfer to a bachelor’s program at a university, we are fortunate to have the resources to access because of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s pledge to see us succeed," said Kara Bailey, PTK member and student ambassador. "By signing the banner, we are committing to complete our higher education goals while being supported by Kalamazoo Valley to reach our goals. I urge you to make the commitment to yourself to achieve your goals. We all deserve to be the best of ourselves and Kalamazoo Valley is designed to help us.
On October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas Township Tower Entrance, PTK members will host a signing event for students who are committed to graduating. Academic counselors will be on hand to assist students who want to check on their progress toward graduation. Phi Theta Kappa will be hosting this event, and refreshments will be available.