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Get Motivated to Complete Your Degree
November 30, 2012

Underachievers can stop reading at any time. 

For those of you who are at Walters State to succeed, make plans to be at the International Lyceum at 2 p.m. next Wednesday as we officially kick off the “Commit to Complete Challenge” with special guest and motivational speaker Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa.

Risley has become one of the nation’s foremost advocates for completing a college degree or certificate – for all students, not just PTK members.

Risley will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the International Lyceum. The event is free and all students are encouraged to attend. Before and after the event, you’ll have the opportunity to sign the Commit to Complete pledge. Those signing the pledge will be eligible for a drawing for an iPad. Drawings take place before graduation – including this semester. Samantha Haynes, a business major who graduated in May, won the first iPad.

In exchange for a short period of time, you’ll leave this event with all the reasons you need to study a little harder for that last final, hang in there for that last semester and take advantage of student support services when you need help. (Light refreshments and door prizes are also part of the event!)

Dr. Risley is himself an alumnus of a community college. He recently outlined the national Call to Action for Community College Completion to Congress. 

“I want students to realize that completing the degree will set the tone for the rest of their lives,” Risley said. 

Here are some thoughts to ponder in anticipation of Dr. Risley’s visit:

•The U.S. has fallen from number 1 to number 16 in the percentage of the population that earns a higher education certificate/degree.

•Of community college students, 85 percent want to complete an associate or baccalaureate degree, but only 45 percent do.

•Right now, over 600,000 manufacturing and 500,000 healthcare jobs are not filled because not enough people have the needed skills. These include engineers, nurses, administrators, health professionals and more.

•By 2018 (six years from now), the majority of new jobs will require a higher education certificate or degree.

•If someone transfers from a community college without a degree, he or she is much less likely to complete a baccalaureate degree.