CCC President and Honor Society Receive High Honors

Feb 25, 2021, 10:24 AM by CCC Staff

CCC President Tim Cook seated

OREGON CITY – Clackamas Community College's Alpha Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was recently named a 2021 REACH Chapter and CCC's president was selected as a Phi Theta Kappa Paragon President Award winner.

Phi Theta Kappa is an academic club at the college that recognizes academic success but also offers members opportunities for professional development and leadership skills, scholarships and options to explore career paths.

The REACH (Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors) Reward program recognizes chapters who are "excelling in membership development," according to the Phi Theta Kappa website. To be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa, CCC students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. To be named a REACH chapter, at least 15 percent of eligible students must join Phi Theta Kappa.

"The leadership and the members of Phi Theta Kappa are to be commended," CCC President Tim Cook said. "To retain and engage its current members and to attract new members in a completely virtual environment is impressive. The work this chapter does for the college brings a sense of community and demonstrates strong leadership."

During the 2020-21 academic year, the chapter participated in the college's Welcome Week at the start of each term, hosting games and information sessions. They also offered leadership development studies and kept up their weekly meetings. Recent service projects include volunteering with the horticulture department and developing a campaign of "caring."

As part of being named a REACH chapter, the CCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter leadership will receive special stoles to wear at graduation.

On Feb. 11, Cook was notified he was selected as a 2021 Paragon President Award winner by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. This international award recognizes new college presidents for their support of student success. Cook joined CCC as president in 2018.

"President Cook emulates the ideals and values of PTK through his actions by being actively involved and engaged with our chapter, displaying a consistent willingness to assist any way he can, no matter how small or large," Tiffany Thrift, CCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter president, said.

Cook will be recognized at the Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst virtual convention in April.

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