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Phi Theta Kappa exists to recognize and encourage outstanding students at two-year colleges. Upon becoming a member, these outstanding students are given a platform to participate in community service events, networking conventions, leadership seminars, scholarship opportunities, and finally fellowshipping with other members (but don’t let this description bore you to tears, PTK definitely knows how to P.A.R.T.Y).
Despite Phi Theta Kappa’s pure awesomeness, the international society started with a humble beginning. Phi Theta Kappa originated in 1910 with six charter members under the name of Kappa Phi Omicron at the all-women’s Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. As Kappa Phi Omicron continued to grow and excel, it was decided eight years later (1918) that a new honorary society would be established. Each of the chapters under this new honorary society (SMC’s chapter is the Beta Kappa Delta chapter, and has the most members out of all the chapters in the nation) would be united by common characteristics. The name Phi Theta Kappa was coined for this new honorary society that was incorporated in Missouri as a national organization.
For the first six years, Phi Theta Kappa confined its activity to women’s junior colleges. However, everything changed in 1924 when a constitutional amendment expanded PTK’s activity to all junior colleges in Missouri. Only two years later, Phi Theta Kappa expanded beyond the borders of Missouri and even into coeducational institutions. In 1929, The American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges (pretty sweet huh?).
As mentioned previously, Phi Theta Kappa has been around for a very long time (105 years to be exact). As one of the oldest honor societies in the nation, Phi Theta Kappa has produced many well-rounded and wholesome students.
We hope that Phi Theta Kappa will serve this year’s students well, the same way it has served millions of students for the past one hundred years.
We are aprt of Phi Theta Kappa Nevada/California Region! If you want to know more about it please click the following link: http://nvcaregion.org/
Or if you want to go international, follow the Phi Theta Kappa Webpage to know more about it! www.ptk.org