Community College Completion ChallengeNJEA has partnered with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and its statewide Center for Student Success to support the Phi Theta Kappa Community College Completion Challenge, commonly referred to as the NJ C4 Initiative.

Scheduled for Oct. 14 to 19, Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapters at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges will aim to engage community college students in academically- and socially-based programs that strengthen campus connections at the colleges with the goal of keeping students focused on completing their degrees. Included in the NJ C4 Initiative will be a host of speakers, events and campus activities such as the signing of student and faculty pledges to complete and obtain certificates and degrees. There will also be opportunities to engage students in peer-to-peer civic engagement programs including campus tutoring and organizational outreach.

Atlantic Cape Community College student and newly-elected New Jersey State Phi Theta Kappa President Felix Contreras believes that statewide initiatives such as the Community College Completion Challenge will motivate his peers to take seriously the goals they set for themselves upon enrolling in the college.

“It’s not just about making it into college, but graduating with a degree that symbolizes your accomplishments,” Contreras said.

NJEA-member community college faculty and staff members have the opportunity to contribute to this statewide program as well. NJEA locals can help support activities related to this initiative through NJEA Pride in Public Education grants. For more information call the NJEA Region 29 UniServ office at 609-689-9580.

Community College Completion ChallengeFor additional information regarding the NJ C4 Initiative, contact Louis Venturelli, coordinator, Center for Student Success, at 609-392-3434 or