TC3 Participates in Statewide Completion Week
September 30, 2013
This week, Tompkins Cortland Community College will be participating in New York State Completion Week, an initiative of all 37 community colleges in the state of New York. The 30 State University of New York (SUNY) and seven City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges, which have a combined enrollment of more than 340,000, have set this week to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.
It’s a message that TC3 tries to emphasize year-round through the College’s Panther PRIDE initiative, a pledge students can sign to promise to be part of a positive living-learning environment. “Perseverance is one of the Panther PRIDE values that we instill starting at orientation, along with responsibility, integrity, dialogue, and equality,” said Dean of Student Life Amy Trueman. “Completion week activities prompt consideration of how students can persevere to be successful at TC3, and continue toward good citizenship, successful careers, and satisfying lives. The programming and conversations continue throughout the year.”
New York’s two-year schools have each planned Completion Week events, including several activities at TC3. On Wednesday and Thursday, members of TC3’s Office of Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services will have a table set up in The Hub, a busy intersection near the cafeteria and the student center. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, TC3 students will be able to “picture themselves as a TC3 grad”, getting photographed in a cap and gown. A video of students taken prior to May’s commencement, talking about their experience and the importance of finishing a degree will be shown, and students will be able to participate in an interactive poster program that asks them to look at the why they want to complete their degree.
On Thursday, Alpha Gamma Nu, TC3’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year schools, will be set up near the entrance to the main campus building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., asking students to sign a pledge to complete their degree or certificate program. TC3 President Carl Haynes will be at the table at noon, offering encouragement to students as they sign the pledge. TC3 staff members will also be on hand, promoting different services available designed to help students complete their degree, including tutoring services.