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Maui Honor Society Campaigns for Degree Completion

March 20, 2014, 8:16 AM HST
* Updated March 20, 9:24 AM
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Phi Theta Kappa students garnering signatures and raising awareness about the importance of degree completion. Photo courtesy UHMC.

Phi Theta Kappa students garnering signatures and raising awareness about the importance of degree completion. Photo courtesy UHMC.

By Maui Now Staff

More than 100 students at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College signed a pledge for degree completion at an event hosted by the campus honor society on Thursday, university representatives announced.

The Phi Theta Kappa drive was part of the organization’s national “Commit to Complete” initiative, and the university’s “Agree to Degree” campaign.

“Because degree completion is shown to drastically improve people’s lives, it is a high priority within the UHMC System and nationwide,” said Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor Emma White in a university press release.

Phi Theta Kappa students garnering signatures and raising awareness about the importance of degree completion. Photo courtesy UHMC.

Phi Theta Kappa students garnering signatures and raising awareness about the importance of degree completion. Photo courtesy UHMC.

University representatives say 65% of all new jobs will require a post-secondary credential, and cited Census Bureau data in saying associate degree holders earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than someone with just a high school diploma.

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According to the announcement, members of the UHMC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa serve as the student arm of The Community College Completion Corps – a national education initiative.

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As part of the UH Community College campaign, students are encouraged to make education a priority by vowing to attend classes, get good grades, check their university email, talk to instructors and meet with counselors.

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