The President of the United States has called for community colleges to produce five million additional graduates by 2020 as part of his goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates. Others joining the college completion effort include the National Governors' Association, the American Association of Community Colleges, the national Complete College America initiative, and the "Skills2Compete" coalition seeking to increase the number of Americans with middle skills, defined as those skills requiring training beyond high school but less than a bachelor's degree.
Students at Carroll Community College have pledged to do their part.
On April 13, 2011, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., students gathered to sign a college completion pledge in the college's Babylon Great Hall as part of this national movement. The "Commit to Completion Fair" was hosted by the college's Student Affairs division and the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members serve as the student arm of the national Community College Completion Corps.
By the end of the three-hour event, 150 students had signed the pledge to complete their Carroll degrees before leaving the community college for transfer to a baccalaureate institution or to enter the job market.
After signing their pledge, students could meet with faculty members representing every discipline, register for classes, and learn more about transfer and career options.
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