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2,500+ Students Commit to Complete

This article appeared in a 2015 issue of the student newsletter.

Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

During Commit to Complete Week, Oct. 12-16, more than 2,500 students from across the colleges of DCCCD signed a pledge to commit to their classes, school work and graduation.

As one student explained, "the pledge is basically a physical demonstration of my internal decision to move forward in life. I am committed to finishing my degree."

 The Pledge 

Students who pledged to complete their degree or certificate had the option to fill out their form during a campus event or online. Some administrators, faculty and staff also chose to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

The Parties

Leading the Commit to Complete challenge is Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and around the world.

Every chapter decided to celebrate Commit to Complete in their own unique way.

At Richland the celebration was part of the college's annual "Ducktoberfest"— complete with inflatables and snacks, while Mountain View hosted a "Sounds of Success" talent show where students came together to share their passions. Kickoff Party themes ranged from Star Wars (Cedar Valley) and world travel (North Lake) to football and touchdowns (El Centro).

The Committers

This fall more than 2,500 students from across the colleges of DCCCD committed to complete. 

Here is the breakdown by college: 

Brookhaven College – 199

Cedar Valley College – 223

Dallas Colleges Online – 156

El Centro College – 375

Eastfield College – 37

Mountain View College – 767

North Lake College – 122

Richland College – 700 

  1. Does not include students from the North Lake College Central Campus who will celebrate Commit to Complete Nov.16-20. 

    The Completers

    Commit to Complete is part of a state-wide initiative called "Texas Completes" which DCCCD joined six years ago. Results show the initiative is working.

    "We have doubled the number of certificate and degree awards," says Anna Mays, DCCCD Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Policy and Student Success and lead for the DCCCD Texas Completes committee.

    The call for college completion, however, goes far pass the state level. At the 2010 White House Summit for Community Colleges President Obama called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates by 2020, part of a goal to restore the United States as the world's leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now ranked 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials.

    Students who complete their degrees or certificates will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.