NEWARK, Ohio, April 10, 2017 – Nineteen Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students took the oath of membership to be inducted into the Alpha Theta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 4. Phi Theta Kappa is the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.
Inductees recite the oath of membership.
The ceremony included a keynote address from Jan Tomlinson, COTC and Phi Theta Kappa alumnus. She has served as the assistant to the president of COTC since 2003.
Jan Tomlinson speaks to the inductees.
"I remember being called into my boss's office in 2008 for my annual performance evaluation and during the conversation she planted the seed about taking some college courses," said Tomlinson. "Conversations continued, and next thing I know I'm sitting in a college law class."
Tomlinson, like many of the inductees, had to balance work, family and college courses. "Completing college isn't easy. Being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa proves that you're up to the challenges."
To become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a two-year college student must have completed 12 credit hours of associate degree work and have a grade point average of at least 3.5. They must also be nominated for the prestigious membership. The international honor society serves to recognize the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming.
Group photo of nineteen inductees in attendance at the ceremony.
"Becoming a member changed my life," said Tomlinson. "Thanks to Phi Theta Kappa, I participated in things and traveled to places I might not have had the chance to do on my own. I would say that being a member also provided me with a certain level of confidence in myself and helped mold me into a better employee."
COTC's chapter, Alpha Theta Zeta, was chartered in 1982 and its bylaws approved in 1992. Twenty-one inductees were unable to attend the ceremony.
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.