Employment and transfer

It’s no longer enough to educate students solely on their chosen major; today’s college students need more support navigating the transfer process, preparing to enter the workforce, and accessing scholarships than ever before.
PHI THETA KAPPA is stepping in to help colleges bridge the gap between degree completion and what comes next.
We’ve spent the last several years talking to employers, transfer admissions experts, and professionals about the skills students will need after graduation but aren’t developing in classrooms. These are the factors that most greatly determine student success, and we’ve put it all into our custom PTK EDGE™ courses. They are the how-to guides every student needs.

As students complete PTK EDGE™ courses, they receive digital badges. These badges can be shared on social media, including and especially LinkedIn, so potential employers can see certification of the skills they have mastered.

 

The topics in our newest course, Employment Edge, were recommended by employers nationwide and cover what they want students to know before applying for a job:

Clarify employment goals

Start a career journal

Develop a career-specific resume

Create a LinkedIn profile

Find a bridge person

Ace an interview

CAREER-TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Workforce-bound students have unique interests, skills, and experiences that aren’t easily captured on traditional scholarship applications. So, based on student feedback, we developed a custom application exclusively for this group and saw applications skyrocket.

1 %
INCREASE

students applying for workforce scholarships

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scholarships awarded

in 2019 to career-technical students

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workforce-bound students joining PTK

Transferring is tricky, particularly for first-generation and underserved students. For a community college student with little extra time and few resources, it can be hard to find the right four-year college. PTK Connect™ exists to make these institutions more accessible. Students can find transfer scholarships, transfer-friendly colleges, and search a variety of career paths.

More than 800 four-year colleges and universities from across the country have partnered with us to provide over $38 million in transfer scholarships exclusively for PTK members. Thirty-seven new partnerships were added in 2019.

PTK Connect™ Stats:

  • Student users: 21,428
  • Unique Searches run: 211,894

Students are searching for:

  • Scholarship Opportunities: 107,922
  • College Choices: 92,536
  • Career Pathways: 21,436

TRANSFER HONOR ROLL

Transfer Profiles created by colleges and universities in PTK Connect™ let students see what the transfer student experience is like at that institution as well as the strategies that school is taking to support and enroll transfer students.

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Through a new and unique partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, a college can have data from the Clearinghouse automatically populated into its Transfer Profile each year. Students can see some of this data, such as the number of transfer students enrolled at that college, and determine whether the school could be a good fit. These Transfer Profiles give the colleges a Transfer-Friendliness Rating that students can use to gauge how friendly their admissions and recruitment strategies are. The top 25% highest-rated colleges are named to PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll.

“The University of Arizona considers it a privilege to be recognized for the PTK Transfer Honor Roll. We take great pride in providing our transfer students and PTK scholars with scholarships and unparalleled support services. We look forward to continuing our affiliation with PTK to assist them in their work to identify and reward high-achieving transfer students.”

 – Annique Petit, Executive Director, Community College Partnerships, Enrollment Planning & Recruitment, The University of Arizona