DCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Wins International Award

Phi Theta Kappa Award Recipients

April 30, 2015 – Davidson County Community College’s Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is recipient of an international award presented at the recent 2015 NerdNation Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

As winners of the 2015 International Distinguished Project Award, the Tau Beta Chapter competed with projects submitted by 470 of the 1,300 PTK chapters worldwide. Of these, 25 finalist projects received consideration for the award.

“Considering this is our first year as an active chapter, it’s an amazing accomplishment that our teamwork has paid off and landed us with an international award,” says Sara Neeves, chapter advisor.

Tau Beta Chapter members Chad Leftwich, Parker Tilley, Darlene Trahan and Travis Hundley attended the conference along with advisers Sharon Carter and Neeves. The members participated in a variety of breakout sessions, educational forums and training sessions to help them in leading the chapter to the next level.

The College Project completed by Tau Beta helped in raising awareness of the Career and College Promise program at DCCC. Chapter members spoke to eighth-grade students visiting the college last fall to share details and benefits of the program, including free tuition and career choices. Officers designed pre- and post-presentation surveys to collect data to assess the impact of their project in attracting more high school students to the CCP program. Results showed an approximately 45 percent increase in awareness of the program, 15 percent increase in interest among students and 15 percent increase in understanding of the benefits.

“It’s a joy to see DCCC represented at the Phi Theta Kappa International Conference. Our students should be very proud of all of their hard work,” said Dr. Mary Rittling, DCCC president. “Their College Project was instrumental, and will continue to play a key role, in the continuous engagement of high school students at the college. I’m even more excited about the future of the chapter and what they will accomplish next year.”

Keynote speakers at the conference included Grammy-award winning artist John Legend, world-renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku and New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

*Editor’s note: Members of DCCC’s Tau Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (from left) Chad Leftwich, Travis Hundley, Parker Tilley and Darlene Trahan celebrate winning the 2015 International Distinguished Project Award.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.