Students at Mohawk Valley Community College will prove their commitment to college completion on Tuesday, Aug. 30, by signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving the College for transfer or to enter the job market.
Tents will be set up on both campuses to provide members of the college community an opportunity to sign the “Completion Wall” in support of the challenge. Students will also have the chance to read the completion stories of MVCC faculty and staff, and to learn more about the support services available to assist in college completion. MVCC administrators, faculty, and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.
Tents will be set up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Utica Campus Quad, and from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rome Campus Quad.
The event is part of College Completion Day, a national community college movement, and is being hosted by MVCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
Statistics show that students who complete their degrees or certificates will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not complete their credentials.