Two stand-out Oxnard College students were selected for the Community College League of California Phi Theta Kappa State Academic Team.
Out of 2.1 million California community college students, a select 90 are appointed each year to the All-California All-Academic Community College Team. We are very proud that two of our students were among this exceptional group: Nana Opon Chereme and Hannah Haddock. The pair were recognized this past March in Sacramento, where they were awarded certificates, medals and a luncheon of honour. Says Charles Ramirez, Academic Counselor, “Hannah and Nana are truly some of the best OC has to offer. I am happy to see them preparing to transfer and be OC ambassadors out in the world.”
Nana is a Chemistry major with highest honors. He was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, where he completed his high school education. He arrived to the US shortly thereafter and enrolled in three fields of study: a real estate license program, a licensed vocational nursing school, and as a full-time student here at OC. This semester is his last before he transfers to UCSB in the fall. He plans to get his Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and then apply for medical school. Believe it or not, amidst all these very different, time-intensive activities he also managed to work full-time as an associate pastor at Pacific Coast Ministries here in Oxnard.
Hannah is also a standout student. She is a 4.0 Studio Art Major and multi-media artist whose work has been shown in several galleries. She is transferring to CSU-CI in the fall where she plans to study digital animation. She hopes to continue on for graduate studies at CalArts and work for Cartoon Network or some other major outlet.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the world’s largest and most prestigious honor society for community college / two-year students recognizing academic excellence and leadership potential. PTK is made up of more than 3 million members and has nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Members are provided the opportunity for involvement in leadership, travel, as well as campus and community service activities. The OC Chapter, Beta Rho Tau, is one of the college’s most active organizations. Founded by Professor Carolyn Dorrance (who retired last year), it is now co-chaired by Charles Ramirez (Academic Counselor) and OC-UCLA alum/PTK member Katherine Pierce (Student Service Specialist).
To be considered for PTK membership, Oxnard College students are required to have at least a 3.5 cumulative Grade Point Average with 12 college-level credits completed. After joining, students must maintain a 3.2 GPA to retain membership. The fee for lifetime membership is $85. OC offers several funding options for those who cannot afford this amount: EOPS covers the cost of membership for eligible EOPS/Care students; Oxnard College also offers all eligible students scholarship funds that pay for more than half the membership fee.
The biggest benefit to PTK membership are the scholarships. Students are eligible for external awards – there are many scholarships to support transfer pathways and bachelor degree completion. There are also several internal scholarships here at the College that are given exclusively to PTK students for academic achievement. Also, members are often recruited by transfer institutions and offered attractive merit scholarships. The other draw of PTK membership is the social aspect. The club is very active both on-campus and off. Members get together often, organize for broader service initiatives and travel to honorary events. This semester two standout PTK scholars were invited to attend the statewide student honors award ceremony in Sacramento.