PTK: The Opportunity of a Lifetime at MVCC
Members getting tickets for the giveaway at the Student Leadership Conference. [Maksymilian Podraza]

Through active engagement, one can gain a lot of knowledge and experience. With Phi Theta Kappa, one can experience a life-changing involvement that teaches them how to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Narmeen Manna, a Phi Theta Kappa member, has been an active member since Fall 2016. Through Phi Theta Kappa, she has truly grown as an individual. About her experiences through PTK, Ms. Manna stated, “It has changed my life for the better. I was introduced to new people while making a difference on campus. Phi Theta Kappa has opened many new opportunities for me to become a part of.”

Before joining PTK, you must know what it is all about. PTK is an honors society for two-year community colleges.

It is an international organization that has chapters all over the globe. PTK puts its focus on high academic achievement and service learning, with a focus on its four hallmarks: fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service

. The chapter at Moraine Valley Community College is called Alpha Iota Lambda and has many successful members that goes on to showcase the advantages of being part of Phi Theta Kappa. In order to join, there are a few requirements a student must meet if they wish to be a part of it.

If a student is interested in joining, they must have completed twelve credit hours or more. In addition, the student must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The membership fee is $75 and that can be paid online at If you are eligible, you can accept your invitation in your student email. If you believe you are eligible and have not received an email, then try to register online with your student email on the Phi Theta Kappa website. If that does not work, contact the officer team for additional information.

When a student is a Phi Theta Kappa member, they experience many diverse opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else. It’s truly a great opportunity for every student interested in pursuing a good education and who wants to transfer after Moraine Valley.

About the benefits of PTK, Maksymilian Podraza emphasized, “When I joined Phi Theta Kappa, I met people that have the same major as I do. It helped me gain more interest in the field that I am planning to go into. I was also able to use and improve the skills that I’ve had before joining the organization.” Like Max, many PTK members join the organization to meet people, get active in events and hallmarks, and try to earn scholarships.

Last semester, our chapter, Alpha Iota Lambda was very active. Members participated in a variety of hallmarks ranging from the student conference to an Animal Welfare drive.

In addition, the officer team was occupied with planning interesting meetings, developing the Honors in Action project, and also organizing and leading the Student Leadership Conference. John Rosales, the Co-President of Alpha Iota Lambda, believes the student leadership conference was a tremendous success for both students and the speakers. Mr. Rosales stated, “The college project event was a combination of the officer team’s efforts to create an event that students can enjoy… We got passionate individuals to speak on topics they enjoyed. They encouraged others to fall in love with the topics too.” Last semester, the College Project had the largest attendance since the event started.

Over 200 students participated through the speakers, bingo game, and also the educational sessions. In addition, the Honors in Action project was a success, as the students helped trim down buckthorn and teasel in order to improve the environment.

With last semester’s success, the officer team is planning to make this semester even better! For existing members, just complete your two hallmarks and try to attend the meetings.

If you are a new member, then check your email for your invitation, and also complete your hallmarks and try to attend the meetings and the induction ceremony. We hope to see you all this semester!