Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Rod Risley, joined nearly 250 Iowa Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students, Community College Leaders and Policymakers who gathered to demonstrate and garner support for the Community College Completion Corps initiative known as “C4” at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 5. In his remarks, Risley addressed the history and success of C4 in assisting students to complete their college credentials. To date 3,000 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students, community college leaders and policymakers have signed the C4 completion pledge.
"In just the past year, all 15 of Iowa's community colleges, their Phi Theta Kappa chapters, faculty, staff and even non-Phi Theta Kappa students have pledged to support C4," said Mick Starcevich, Kirkwood Community College President and chair of the Iowa Association of Community College Presidents. "This personal commitment from these helping hands can make all the difference to students given the daily challenges some face. We encourage them to stick with this program, and we promise to never give up."
“Earning a community college certificate or degree is a life-changing event for a student, making a difference in his or her lifetime earnings and quality of life," said Jerry Smith, Southwestern Community College Trustee and board chair of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. "Having worked in job training and placement throughout my entire career, I know the value of education when obtaining employment.