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This article appeared in a 2015 issue of the
Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.
During Commit to Complete Week, Oct. 12-16, more than 2,500 students from across the colleges of DCCCD signed a pledge to commit to their classes, school work and graduation.
As one student explained, "the pledge is basically a physical demonstration of my internal decision to move forward in life. I am committed to finishing my degree."
Students who pledged to complete their degree or certificate had the option to fill out their form during a campus event or online. Some administrators, faculty and staff also chose to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.
Leading the Commit to Complete challenge is
Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and around the world.
Every chapter decided to celebrate Commit to Complete in their own unique way.
At Richland the celebration was part of the college's annual "Ducktoberfest"— complete with inflatables and snacks, while Mountain View hosted a "Sounds of Success" talent show where students came together to share their passions. Kickoff Party themes ranged from Star Wars (Cedar Valley) and world travel (North Lake) to football and touchdowns (El Centro).
This fall more than 2,500 students from across the colleges of DCCCD committed to complete.
Here is the breakdown by college:
Brookhaven College – 199
Cedar Valley College – 223
Dallas Colleges Online – 156
El Centro College – 375
Eastfield College – 37
Mountain View College – 767
North Lake College – 122
Richland College – 700