May 31st, 2018
Jackson State Community College's Chi Omicron Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was again awarded a Five-Star chapter distinction, which is the highest rating the international organization bestows.
The school won its first Five-Star distinction in 2017. In previous years, the school earned a Two-Star status, but the chapter's officers and members worked hard to raise the rating. The star status is indicative of a chapter's engagement - Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local to international involvement.
"It took so much work to accomplish this goal: a college project, an Honors In Action project, holding bi-weekly meetings, recruiting members, volunteering, meeting with and learning from other chapters and holding inductions each semester," said Dr. Anna Esquivel, Assistant Professor of English and a Chi Omicron advisor. "Chapter members have truly earned this distinction."
Jackson State's Chi Omicron Chapter's charter was established in 1971, four years after the community college opened.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society - with almost 1,300 chapters, including 14 in Tennessee - is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. Its mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.
Jackson State Community College provides accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce and empower the diverse communities of West Tennessee. The institution offers traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs.