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COA’s Phi Theta Kappa Recognized as a 2020 REACH Chapter

Elizabeth City, North Carolina — College of The Albemarle (COA) Nu Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has been designated as a Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors (REACH) Chapter for 2020. This recognition is part of the national REACH Rewards program that honors PTK chapters excelling in membership development, specifically chapters who exceed 15 percent for their membership acceptance rate.

COA’s Nu Nu Chapter is one of 609 chapters across the country being recognized in the REACH Rewards program. Special recognition in the form of four PTK graduation stoles will be sent to COA for members to wear at graduation.

Receiving the award this year and last year, along with additional funding and donations, has allowed the Nu Nu Chapter to provide stoles to all new members participating in induction ceremonies, beginning in the spring of 2019 as well as for the upcoming spring 2020 ceremony.

Previously, students were required to be enrolled in an associate degree program for an invitation to PTK. The International PTK Honor Society changed its requirements allowing local chapters to invite students enrolled in shorter programs. This allowed the Nu Nu Chapter to invite not only some early college students who were previously excluded, but also students enrolled in 13 other diploma programs such as Computer Integrated Machining and Practical Nursing.

The Nu Nu Chapter of PTK at COA was chartered in April of 1964. Leah Jones, Associate Professor of Developmental Reading and English, serves as chapter advisor and shared, “Phi Theta Kappa’s Nu Nu Chapter looks forward to the energy that new members from such diverse programs can bring to our organization.”