The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Phi Theta Kappa Mission
Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:
- Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students
- Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
What Defines a Phi Theta Kappa Active Member at NTC
Phi Theta Kappa provides many opportunities to be active through the four hallmarks of PTK:
Each graduation ceremony Phi Theta Kappa members are recognized for their leadership within NTC and the community. Active members are awarded the PTK stoll to wear at graduation. Phi Theta Kappa members who are not active members are responsible for purchasing their own PTK stoles to wear with their graduation regalia.
Beta Rho Zeta Events
Throughout the semester the Beta Rho Zeta plans events for its members and the students of NTC. All events are tied to at least one Phi Theta Kappa’s hallmarks. Phi Theta Kappa members who attend and participate in at least 3 Beta Rho Zeta/PTK events per semester qualify as an active member.
Get a leg up on the competition for scholarships, transferring and your dream job. Your college classes are only part of your education. Soft skills - such as communication, professional etiquette, team building and critical thinking - are just as important and can give you an advantage over others.
The Professional Development Plan Includes:
- Instructional videos by experts on critical thinking, scholarship application tips, professional etiquette, overcoming speech anxiety and more
- Activities to strengthen soft skills, completed individually or with your chapter
- An Online Portfolio, a central location for posting leadership and service experience, awards/honors and photos/videos of accomplishments; share your portfolio with those writing letters of recommendation, potential employers, scholarship providers, college admissions officials and others
- A Professional Resume, step-by-step instructions for creating a professional resume
Phi Theta Kappa members who achieve 3-Star status within Competitive Edge are considered an active member.
The Beta Rho Zeta chapter lives through its hallmark of service and strives to better the community with continued service. Members who volunteer at least 24 hours of service, meet the requirement of active membership. Each community service needs formal documentation. Members can download the form here:
Leadership as an Art Workshops
Student Life is offering a series of workshops and a retreat to all NTC students to help them explore the topic of leadership. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of leadership taught with a curriculum directly from Phi Theta Kappa. Activities include the examination, discussion and reflection of leadership excerpts and film clips as well as group leadership activities.
PTK Leadership Retreat
- Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy
- Understanding Ethical Leadership
- Articulate a Vision
- Leading with Goals
- Making Decisions
- Guiding through Conflict
- Empowering Others
Members who register and complete 3 workshops or attend the retreat qualify as active members. Spaces are limited.
NTC Campus Ambassadors work diligently providing accurate information and insight into programs to potential students. As a representative of the values of the College and individual program, ambassadors are often the first person a visitor first speaks with or meets.
Members who meet the following criteria of the ambassador position earn active membership.
- Work at least 3 NTC events per semester.
- Must arrive 15 minutes prior to event and work the entire event.
- Adhere to dress code.
- Act professionally throughout tours without negative feedback.
Throughout the year the Beta Rho Zeta chapter hosts a variety of events. Committees are formed to ensure the progression from planning to facilitation. In order to earn active member status, students must:
- Serve the committee term from beginning to event date.
- Attend and all committee meetings.
- Carry out assigned duties.
- All committee members must attend event.
To verify committee involvement, peer evaluations must be completed.
Student Club Officer
To meet the standard of an active PTK member, they must hold the Student Club officer position for an entire academic year. The officer must meet 2 requirements:
- 2 club events per semester
- 75% or better attendance rate for club meetings per semester.
Each semester, student club officer must submit the following document to verify their service. Student Club Officer Verification Form
Beta Rho Zeta Officer
The Beta Rho Zeta Officers are the student leaders who ultimately determine the direction of the chapter. These officers positions are demanding compared to other aspects of active membership, but benefits are quite valuable. Beta Rho Zeta officers are elected on the second Tuesday of April, or when openings occur throughout the year.
- Prepare meeting agendas and lead meetings
- Appoint and establish necessary committees
- Vote only in the case of a tie
- Develop goals for the chapter with help from other officers and advisors
- Submit Five Star Goal and Update Forms online
- Oversee chapter projects
- Oversee award entry preparation
- Report successive officers to Headquarters
Vice President of Scholarship
- Oversee all Honors Study Topic activities
- Coordinate the chapter’s participation in the Honors Seminars
- Encourage and recognize academic excellence
Vice President of Leadership
- Direct the chapter in the use of parliamentary procedure for meetings
- Oversee all leadership activities
- Encourage the development of leadership skills
Vice President of Service
- Report the chapter to Headquarters as a Chapter of Service
- Oversee all International Service Program activities
- Develop activities that promote volunteerism and community service
Vice President of Fellowship
- Encourage scholarly fellowship at all levels of the Society
- Implement strategies to increase membership acceptance
- Receive and deposit chapter funds
- Keep a set of financial records which shall be turned over to a Chapter Advisor before the office is relinquished
- Present the chapter’s financial records at business meetings
- Take and present minutes at each chapter meeting
- Maintain the chapter calendar of events
- Maintain a record of chapter events, including photos, flyers and newspaper articles, for the Chapter Record Book
- Compile and update contact information for members
Student Governing Board (SGB) Representative
- Attend all Student Governing Board Representative meetings
- Report news regarding the Chapter at SGB meetings
- Report to Executive Board and Chapter members the information presented at SGB meetings.
Beta Rho Zeta advisors determine if officers qualify as an active member.