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Top students at Virginia’s Community Colleges receive challenge: the world needs leaders

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“Your ability to adapt and to overcome in the face of everything that this virus has thrown at us is remarkable. And it speaks well of what we can hope to see from you in the future.”

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois wasted little time in addressing the top scholars from Virginia’s Community Colleges, arguing that members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society have demonstrated their academic success, and therefore are in a position to put their intellects to good use for society.

PTK Faces

“We need leaders, and we need them urgently,” said DuBois.  “We need leaders who can offer the healing and the wisdom required to truly address racial inequity. We need leaders who understand that broadband technology isn’t a luxury and that we need it in every home in every community.”

“We need leaders who can build an accessible, more resilient health care system that cannot be overwhelmed by a single virus.  And we need leaders who can bring our politics to a more productive place, where disagreements aren’t so personal, and consensus can be reached over common purpose.”

DuBois spoke as PTK honorees for 2021 gathered virtually on April 21.

 

PTK logoPhi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizing excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarships among two-year college students for 85 years by providing stimulation and enrichment while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program.

 

Lynn Tincher-Ladner

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner

“If you’re receiving this award, it isn’t about who you know, it’s about how others know you and your work,” said Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of PTK.  Ladner said students who earn the grades to achieve PTK honors have “100 percent chance” of completing college.

“Our research shows that you’ll have more successful life outcomes as well, things like getting a good job and keeping that job, and you’ll have more success in your relationships and you’ll just have better overall happiness,” she added.

To view this spring’s VCCS PTK honors event, click here.

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