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Make the most of your education at Johnson County Community College by following your curiosity, challenging yourself to take risks, serving your community and embracing opportunities to take the lead in making the world a better place. Be a part of the JCCC Honors Program.

JCCC Honors Offers You Support

Staff and faculty are here to listen to you, support, mentor and guide you to discover new ways to think about our world and your future.

As an honors student, you will complete a number of experiences that broaden your horizon by exploring new ideas and challenging yourself. You will also actively engage in smaller, seminar style classes where we foster an open flow of communication and learn from our differences.

JCCC Honors Brings Diversity

The JCCC honors student body holds a varied and rich intersection of identities, including different races, nationalities, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, veteran status, marital, parental, socio-economic statuses, majors and aspirations.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) offers opportunities for service, leadership, scholarships, career readiness and help with transferring to a four-year school.

Getting involved in PTK can look like being engaged on campus and with the community, having fun with fellow members, traveling to regional or national conventions, being recognized at graduation, as well as benefiting from various online programs.

For a calendar of events and list of meeting times, stop by COM 201 or email advisor Anne DotterTara Karaim or Nellie Schuckman.

Other programs offered through PTK are listed below:

  • Learn about professional skills employers seek through the exclusive online Competitive Edge program
  • Navigate the job market with the Employment Edge training course
  • Use PTK Connect to search for four-year colleges and universities that are transfer friendly and see the scholarships they offer to community college students — including those exclusively for PTK members
  • Take the trickiness out of transferring and get advice from admissions pros through the Transfer Edge online course
  • There is up to $90 million in scholarships available to help you complete your associate, bachelor’s and even master’s degrees. Make sure to check out the qualifications and work toward building up your scholarship application through getting involved!

Common Questions about PTK 

How do I join PTK?

To join, you must receive an invitation from the JCCC chapter of PTK. You will receive an invitation if you are currently enrolled at JCCC, have completed 12 credit hours at JCCC and have a 3.5 GPA. Invitations are sent after the drop deadline, or the 20th day of the semester.

If I join PTK, am I automatically in the JCCC Honors Program?

Phi Theta Kappa is separate from the JCCC Honors Program and joining PTK does not automatically enroll you in JCCC Honors. However, being eligible for PTK could mean you are eligible for the Honors Program.

As a Phi Theta Kappa member, what is required of me?

Nothing! You can pay your membership fee and never do anything else, and you’ll still be a PTK member. Of course, we don’t recommend that — membership is what you make of it, and the return on your investment is up to you. Being active in PTK makes you a better candidate for scholarships and can help build up your résumé. For more information on how to get involved, email Tara Karaim or stop by COM 201.

What is the PTK Induction Ceremony? Is it mandatory?

The Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony happens once a semester to recognize new PTK members and formally induct them into our chapter. This is a wonderful event to bring your friends and family to, and is an opportunity to meet fellow PTK members, officers and advisors.

It is not mandatory. For questions about the Induction Ceremony, email Nellie Schuckman  or stop by COM 201.

As a PTK member, will I be recognized at graduation?

Yes! PTK offers exclusive memorabilia for members to wear at graduation and there is an annotation on PTK diplomas.

What four-year universities give PTK scholarships?

Many four-year schools offer transfer scholarships to PTK members. The amounts and requirements of these scholarships vary and are determined by the four-year school. For a list of transfer scholarships, stop by COM 201. If you are interested in a specific school, check their website for scholarship opportunities.

The JCCC Honor Roll recognizes all students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Students who are recognized as part of either the Dean’s list (GPA between 3.5 and 3.99) or the President’s list (4.0 GPA) are automatically invited to join the Honors Program.

Learn more about grades and the Honor Roll

Honors Program Office Access During COVID-19

The Honors Program would love to visit with you online via Zoom during office hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., or in person, in COM 201, every Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Please email honors@jccc.edu to set up virtual or in-person appointments. Same day appointments can be made on Wednesdays only by calling 913-469-2434.

The honors lounge will not be open in fall 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus and to our lounge as soon as Covid has subsided and we can do so safely.

  • For general information about JCCC and its response to COVID-19, visit jccc.edu/COVID-19
  • For information about Bookstore operations, visit the Bookstore website
  • For information about campus status and guidelines while on campus, visit jccc.edu/returntocampus
  • As always, students are encouraged to email instructors, academic deans, and the student support service areas with any questions about their classes or coursework

If social distancing mandates have meant job loss or have significantly hindered your family’s well-being, it is important to remember you are not alone! Contact Financial Aid at finaid@jccc.edu or call 913-469-3840 to inquire about the financial assistance options available to you.

Cavaliers in need of other assistance — food, interview-appropriate clothing, technical equipment to support learning online, or connections to community resources — the Student Basic Needs Center is the best place to start.

You may also consider filing for unemployment. Information on applying for unemployment in Kansas is on the Kansas Department of Labor website. Information on applying for unemployment in Missouri is on the Missouri Department of Labor website.