Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. The Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Learning office and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Omicron Chapter teamed up to encourage students to do just that this fall by hosting a Commit-to-Complete signing event during new student orientation. Commitment cards were included in the orientation packets of new students and after completion of the cards, PTK members welcomed the new students and asked them to sign the banner as evidence of their commitment to themselves and their families to make, keep, and complete their educational goals. Students wrote various goals on their cards such as: to graduate in the spring, to do well in all of their classes, or to adjust to college well and not get homesick. When the new students signed the banner, they were handed symbolic graduation tassels by the PTK students.
The Commit-to-Complete initiative is spreading nationwide and supported by not only PTK, but other entities such as Complete College America, of which Wyoming is now a member. Research has shown that community college completers reap lifetime benefits including higher earnings, increased job retention, and better health. Community college completers earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not earn their credential.
Back row left to right, Bob Creagar, co-sponsor of PTK; Molly Weglin, PTK Secretary, Nicole Donbraska, PTK Treasurer; and Dee Ludwig, Vice President for Learning.
Front row kneeling left to right, Muriel de Ganahl, co-sponsor of PTK; Chelsea Olson, PTK President; and Kailee Duryea, PTK Vice-President.