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Phi Theta Kappa

2014-2015 Officers

  • Katelynne Leman, President
  • Joy Derrick, Vice President, Membership
  • Keysha Pecor, Vice President, Fundraising
  • Itzel Martinez, Secretary
  • Ruben Delacruz, Treasurer
  • Breighly Bolton, Public Relations Officer
  • Amber Reid, DeSoto representative
  • Olivia Sanchez, Hardee representative
  • Erika Pascual, Lake Placid representative


Dr. Ellen Cover 863-784-7074
Instructor, Biology

Kimberly Hemler 863-784-7331
Counselor and Honors Program Advisor

Phi Theta Kappa

Advisors: Dr. Cate Cover, Kim Hemler and Michelle MacBeth


Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be 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.

Our Mission

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming.

What can Phi Theta Kappa do for you?

Validate your academic success
We think it's cool to be smart! We reward your hard work and top grades with membership in the world's oldest and largest community college honor society.

Empower you for future success
The transition to college isn't easy, whether you are entering directly after high school or after years outside the classroom. We can help, with support from your campus chapter and real resources built around the needs of community college students.

Expand your academic horizons
Use our honors program, Honors in Action, and your research and leadership skills to engage in problem-solving and make a difference through service.

Develop "soft" skills
Learn about effective written and oral communications, leadership skills, critical thinking, time management and teamwork through Five Star Competitive Edge professional development plan.

Keep you on track to complete college
We're committed to increasing credentialing rates. See how we can help with scholarship information and our transfer planning platform,

Connect you to our world of scholars
Be part of a global network of students through our interactive website, Facebook, Twitter and cutting-edge technology available 24/7, providing complete programming access to distance learners and evening students.

To be eligible for membership:

  • You must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program.
  • You must have completed at least 12 hours of course work that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible*).
  • You must have an overall grade point average of 3.25.
  • You must receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where you’re currently enrolled.
  • You must adhere to the moral standards of the society.