The national “Commit to Complete” campaign recently started on Maui. During a recent event hosted by the college’s Phi Theta Kappa, it motivated more than 100 University of Hawaii Maui College students to sign a pledge to complete their degree or certificate. The drive was part of the national Phi Theta Kappa’s initiative as well as the UHCC System’s “Agree to Degree” campaign, which seeks to help students commit to finishing college.
“Because degree completion is shown to drastically improve people’s lives, it is a high priority within the UHCC System and nationwide,” said Emma White, the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor.
The national “Commit to Complete” campaign states that in less than five years, 65 percent of all new jobs will require a post-secondary credential. And according to the Census Bureau, over an adult’s working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million while associate’s degree holders earn about $1.6 million.
The UHCC System launched their “Agree to Degree” campaign last fall to encourage students to commit to making education a priority in their lives. Agreeing to the campaign, students promise to attend their classes, get good grades, check their UH email at least once a day, talk to instructors when having difficulty and meet with counselors when having academic or personal issues.