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Wallace’s Young Receives PTK Award of Distinction

5/25/2017

Dothan, Ala. – Dr. Linda C. Young, president of Wallace Community College – Dothan (WCCD) was one of nineteen college presidents/campus CEOs recognized at the 2017 Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction during the recent PTK Catalyst 2017, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society recognizes scholarship among two-year college students, and gives an opportunity for the development of leadership and service.

College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award based on outstanding efforts toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa's longest-serving Board of Directors Chair and President Emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa's Most Distinguished College President in 1984.

“It is an honor to have been selected for this award,” said Young. “PTK supports students with scholarships and enriching opportunities for personal growth. It is a well-known honor society worthy of notice by four-year universities as well as future employers.”

Nominees for the award should have served as president at least five years at the current institution, demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their tenure, and must attend the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention to receive the award.

Attending the conference with Dr. Young were McKayla Williams, PTK vice president of service, and Janet Bradley, WCCD Biology instructor. Williams received two PTK transfer scholarships at the recent WCCD Honors Day. Several of her fellow classmates also received PTK scholarships.

WCCD has an active PTK Omega Beta Chapter. Beginning in 2008 as a One Star Level Chapter, it was recognized last year for obtaining the Five Star Level status, the highest level that can be achieved. While PTK members have very similar profiles to other college students, their completion rate at a community college stands at 83 percent. Overall, 71 percent of PTK members ultimately transfer to a four-year university.

To be eligible for membership in PTK a student must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program, must have completed at least 12 hours of college-level coursework, have a 3.5 grade point average, must receive an invitation from the chapter, and adhere to the moral standards of the society.

For more information go to www.ptk.org or www.wallace.edu/PTK.

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