The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) has been named a 2020 REACH Chapter by the national PTK headquarters. Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society for two-year colleges, is a world-wide organization comprised of nearly 1,300 chapters. Also recognized by this year’s PTK awards, NACC Dean of Student Services Sherie Grace has been named a PTK Distinguished College Administrator.
“We are extremely proud of these students and their hard work and that of their sponsors, Ms. Olivia Dodd, Mr. Billy Day, and Dean Sherie Grace,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell.
PTK is recognizing 1,081 chapters for their efforts to bring the life-changing benefits and opportunities of PTK membership to even more students on their campuses in 2020. Phi Theta Kappa’s REACH Rewards Program celebrates and rewards PTK chapters excelling in membership development. According to PTK, more than 112,500 students across the world became PTK members last year.
PTK’s REACH rewards program was designed for chapters focused on Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors, or “REACH” for short. The program encourages new membership by rewarding chapters who have improved upon their membership acceptance rate.
“We are very excited that our chapter has been recognized by PTK as a REACH Rewards chapter. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa has many benefits, including scholarships, and we are happy that NACC students who become members have access to those benefits.” PTK Co-Advisor, Billy Day.
In addition to benefitting from scholarships, networking opportunities, and career training, NACC’s PTK is philanthropic in nature. In February, the honor society held a campus-wide food and hygiene product drive in an effort to stock the new Student Resource Room located in the Student Center on campus.
“Being a REACH chapter is more important this year than ever before as Phi Theta Kappa worked to support community college students in completely unfamiliar circumstances,” PTK President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “Although this is a chapter award, it demonstrates that students are more focused on their futures than ever before, and their colleges are providing the opportunities to get them there — even amid a global pandemic.”
PTK’s Distinguished College Administrator award recognizes college administrators for their outstanding support of student success. Dean Grace was nominated for this particular award by members of Phi Theta Kappa at Northeast. Dean Grace will be honored at PTK’s virtual convention, PTK Catalyst 2021, during the general session on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Dean Grace has been the Dean of Student Services at NACC since March 2014. “I am happy that Dean Grace received this award. Her hard work and dedication to everyone at Northeast deserves to be recognized.” Said Tucker Cook, NACC Phi Theta Kappa Chapter President.
To learn more about Northeast Alabama Community College's recognition from this year's PTK awards, visit ptk.org.