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5 Star Status for PTK

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PTK officers and advisors

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The Tacoma Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has earned the highest possible ranking from the national honors organization, which ranks chapters on a scale of 1-5 stars. And the "Honors in Action" project that won them 5-star status was ranked among the top 3 in the nation.

Dr. Tomas Ramos, the club’s advisor and PTK Coordinator for the Greater Northwest Region, decided to let club members find out at Sunday’s “Honors in Action” awards ceremony, part of the Regional Conference held at TCC in early March.

This year’s theme for the national “Honors in Action” project was “The Culture of Competition.” The group chose to focus on Geography and Food Resources, enlisting the help of TCC’s Engineering, Environmental Science and Paralegal clubs to explore the legal issues that arise when the U.S. and Mexico compete over shared rivers.  Evaluators at the national level ranked the project high, allowing the club to advance to 5-star status.

“It requires endurance, commitment, organization and leadership to complete the assignment,” said Ramos. “We started the process in the middle of summer and finished it Jan. 29 of this year.”

The club’s rise to prominence within the PTK organization has been rapid and dramatic; when Ramos and fellow faculty member Dr. Mary Fox took over the club 5 years ago, it had a 1-star ranking and was struggling to survive.

Last year’s PTK President LeShaun Alexander became the chapter’s first Regional President, and TCC hosted the Regional Conference for the first time.  Alexander advanced the club from 2 to 4 stars in just over a year.

This year, TCC’s PTK chapter earned a total of three awards:

  • 1st for Honors in Action “Theme 6” project
  • 2nd overall for Honors in Action
  • 3rd for “Distinguished Chapter”

“The conference was a fantastic success, due largely to the tremendous work of our chapter members, officers and of course our wonderful advisors Dr. Ramos and Mary Fox,” said Chapter President Megan Huerta. “I cannot say enough about what a wonderful group I have supporting me day in and day out.”

The chapter’s role in the larger organization continues to expand; Huerta said TCC’s Chapter Vice President Jadey Simmons was elected Greater Northwest Region President for next year, and Chapter Secretary Lubaba Al-Arab was Elected Greater Northwest Region District 2 Vice President.

For additional information, please contact:
Rachel Payne
Communications Consultant
Phone: 253.460.4381
Email: rpayne@tacomacc.edu

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