PCCC Participates in NJC4

Students instructor talking to each other
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PCCC Participates in New Jersey’s Statewide Second Annual Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4)

Posted 10-27-14
Updated 11-3-14


NJC4 Event Picture

NJC4 @ PCCC:  A Great Success 

Students / Faculty / Staff
Thanks to All Who Took the Pledge!

Over 3,000 Pledges Collected!
Exceeds 2013 total of 800+ pledges

(left) Nelton Barrett, president of 
PCCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, mans the Main Campus pledge table.


PCCC  collected over 3,000 pledges in support of college completion from students, faculty, and staff in  the second annual Phi Theta Kappa Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4), a statewide effort  to increase awareness about the importance of completing associate degrees and certificates.

PCCC is one of the 19 community colleges in New Jersey that participated in the Oct 21-31 event to increase the number of community college students completing their degrees and certificates, so they have the credentials they need to successfully  transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees, enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK: the honor society for 2-year colleges) student leadership teams at each college headed the initiative which asks students to sign a pledge that they will complete their credentials and support fellow students in reaching that goal. Faculty and staff can also sign pledges of support.

“Teamwork with enthusiasm drove us to exceed our goal,” said Nelton Barrett,  president of  Alpha Eta Chi, PCCC’s chapter of PTK. “We exceeded last year’s total of 800 pledges.”

“We had 100 signatures within the first two hours,” said Nelton who manned the pledge table on the Main Campus Monday morning. Pledge tables were also located at PCCC’s Passaic and Wanaque campuses.

The NJC4  initiative is a collaboration of  The New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ (NJCCC) Center for Student Success and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) .

NJEA is providing $500 grants to each community college Phi Theta Kappa chapter to help offset the cost of NJC4 activities which include speakers, tutoring, and other activities.

This year’s event also incorporated CollegeFish.org, a website designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Read more about NJC4

About Phi Theta Kappa

Alpha Eta Chi – The PCCC Chapter of PTK

Last month PCCC was named a 2014
    Leader College by Achieving the Dream,   
a national nonprofit, for improving
student completion rates.
Read the story here