Students at the University of Hawai'i Maui College recently participated in a national movement to promote college completion by signing a pledge. More than 150 promised to finish their degrees or certifications in the Commit to Complete signing ceremony.
UH Maui College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society led the event, calling students to sign a banner that is now hanging in the campus' student lounge.
"I already made this promise to myself," said one participating student. "But it feels more real now that I signed the pledge."
The event is part of a larger pledge by six national organizations representing the nation's 1,200 community colleges, their governing boards, faculty and 11.8 million students to increase completion rates by 50 percent in ten years' time.
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. By signing the pledge, UHMC students promised to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college for transfer or entering the job market.
Leaders of the American Association of Community Colleges, Association of Community College Trustees, League for Innovation and the Center for Community College Student Engagement are among the participating organizations.