Friday, January 04, 2013

For Immediate Release:                                 January 4, 2013
Further Information:                                      Paula Green, (626) 914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, (626) 857-4082


Citrus College Honor Society Wins Regional Award

Citrus College’s Beta Nu Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has won first place in the PTK California/Nevada region’s Honors in Action research project competition.

The winning project was based on Beta Nu Eta’s original research surveying Citrus College students’ opinions regarding their barriers to college completion.  The responses and the ensuing research led to a collegewide initiative, “A College of Completion,” that was introduced to the Citrus College community at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.  The completion initiative, which is based on the concept of students taking responsibility for completing their education, provides peer mentoring and informational resources.  Students, faculty and staff have enthusiastically endorsed “A College of Completion” by signing a commitment pledge and engaging in the processes of ensuring the initiative’s success.

“The completion initiative is a great example of how students can create a network of support for their peers,” commented Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “We appreciate their willingness to serve as role models and their desire to help their fellow students stay the course and complete their college goals.”

The elements of the completion initiative include the consolidation of the college’s academic support services web links to one webpage.  It also provides a “Student Success to Do List” offering guidelines for academic achievement and success. In turn, faculty and staff are exploring and implementing strategies to ensure the success of the completion initiative, as well as its alignment with the mandates of the Student Success Act of 2012.

Beta Nu Eta will receive a scholarship check and a plaque as their first-place award.  In addition, the research experience and the body of work that garnered the Beta Nu Eta Chapter members its first-place honor will be an asset to them as they continue their educations at four-year colleges and universities.

“Citrus College’s completion initiative is an excellent concept that is made more extraordinary by its student involvement.  These students are determined to complete their education, and they have the same hope for their peers,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “I commend them for their leadership and wish them well in their academic endeavors.”



For Immediate Release:                                 January 4, 2013
Further Information:                                       Paula Green, (626) 914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, (626) 857-4082