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Earning a certificate or associates degree? Join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society

“Student, you did it!


You’ve earned an invitation to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.”


If you have received an email that starts like this, you may have noticed you could

join for a “one-time, lifetime membership fee” and promptly thrown it in your spam

folder. With how many scams there are these days, this action is not only reasonable but

even highly encouraged when you are unsure of what the email is. I, in fact, applaud you

for taking such precaution. However, this honor society is not a way to make a scammer

quick money but an actual academic, nationally recognized honor society. The Phi Theta

Kappa honor society is an honor society that is specifically for two-year transfer schools

to provide students with support and resources to succeed in joining the workforce and in

transferring to four-year schools.


Corning Community College’s local Phi Theta Kappa group, the Beta Beta Zeta

chapter, was started in 2007. Our chapter has been quite active in the community and on

campus through the years. Some of our activity in the community includes roadside

cleanups, book drives, and Operation Green. A few of the activities that we have done on

campus are the Growing Connection and clothing drives. Our chapter is currently

planning even more exciting, great ways to give back to the community and campus!

The Phi Theta Kappa honor society can assist members in earning scholarships

and successfully transferring to a desired four-year college. Phi Theta Kappa provides

access to many additional scholarships that are only available to members. Being a

member of this honor society shows that you are a committed student and academically

succeeding. Eleven of our Beta Beta Zeta chapter members received scholarships from

Corning Community College’s general scholarship application. Additionally, because this

honor society shows that you are a committed student, many four-year colleges attempt to

attract Phi Theta Kappa members to attend their school. Some colleges offer scholarships

exclusively available to Phi Theta Kappa members.


Likewise, Phi Theta Kappa also helps those who are looking to enter the work

force after earning their associates degree. Many employers know that if you have earned

an associate degree or earned a certificate as a Phi Theta Kappa member, you are a hard

worker and could thus increase your desirability to prospective employers. Phi Theta

Kappa also provides resources to help you further succeed in college, transfer to a four-

year college more successfully, and smoothly enter the work force.


If these community involvement and benefits interest you, and you are unsure of

whether you received an invitation (because it was a while ago) or if you think it is an

opportunity you would be interested in, this is what you need to know. To be eligible for

the Phi Theta Honor Society you must be enrolled in a college or university that has a Phi

Theta Kappa chapter. If are currently attending Corning Community College, you can

check off that requirement. You must have completed a minimum of twelve hours of

coursework toward an associate or bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of six hours of

coursework toward a 1-year certificate. If you are currently in your second year at

Corning Community College or took a semester worth of classes, you will have met this

requirement. And, finally, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.


If you believe that you are eligible and would like to join, please reach out to the

delightful and talented Skylar Kellar, our local Beta Beta Zeta chapter president at

ekellar@corning-cc.edu or contact Professor Elmarine Jimenez, our wonderful faculty

advisor at ejimene2@corning-cc.edu. You can also reach out to our chapter’s email


By M.C.



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