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Scholars Honored at Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration

May 12, 2010

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored Atlantic Cape Community College students Russell Mulford of Tuckahoe and Tannette Medica of Egg Harbor Township, along with 29 additional New Jersey community college students and their families at its 16th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration May 6 in Trenton.

After attending the Casino Career Institute and gaining experience in the casino industry as a table games dealer, Mulford returned to Atlantic Cape and is pursuing an associate degree in business administration. Medica, a Michigan native who dedicated nearly three years to the armed forces, will graduate with an associate degree in paralegal studies this month.

"Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the Coca-Cola Foundation," said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. "These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges."

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Also, 20 of New Jersey's four-year colleges and universities have offered more than $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 92 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey's 19 community colleges.