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There is no denying the importance of an education in defining the long-term opportunities in a student’s life.

That is why Mountain Empire Community College and its student organizations such as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are actively encouraging students to make a pledge to complete their degrees.

Video Contest

Mountain Empire Community College and Phi Theta Kappa sponsored the first ever "I Will Graduate" Scholastic Competition in fall 2012. Students were encouraged to submit a short video explaining why graduating from college is important to them. Four videos received awards, with the top prize receiving a $500 scholarship to the MECC Bookstore.  To view the winning entry, click here.

2012-13 I Will Events
On Wednesday, September 12, more than 200 MECC students gathered to sign the “I WILL” completion pledge, part of a national community college movement to improve college completion rates. The event was hosted by the MECC’s Student Services Center and the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter.

Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, MECC will remind students, through special promotions, of the importance of attaining a college degree. The goal is to increase the number of students who complete their degree programs.

Achieving the Dream

Mountain Empire Community College is a recognized Achieving the Dream Leader College. The Achieving the Dream initiative works to close achievement gaps and accelerate student success at community colleges nationwide through efforts on four fronts: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional change; 2) influencing public policy; 3) generating knowledge; and 4) engaging the public. MECC is actively promoting an integrated effort to increase student completion rates through Achieving the Dream and Phi Theta Kappa support.

In October 2010, the first White House Summit on Community Colleges was hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor, and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama, philanthropist Melinda Gates, and a host of speakers, praised community colleges for serving almost half of the nation's college students and playing a pivotal role in educating the workforce.

The President has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of his goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates.

For more information on MECC’s “I Will” initiative, please contact Sarah Gilliam, Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor, at (276) 523-2400 or by email at

Last updated: 6/26/2013 4:34:06 PM