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VHCC Students Named to PTK All-Virginia Academic Team

Post Date:04/20/2018 9:48 AM

Three Virginia Highlands Community College students were recently honored as members of the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team for their commitment to academic excellence and public service.

Candace Green, Chris Robertson, and Bradley Vasquez were nominated by faculty members for the awards, which were presented April 18 during a ceremony in Richmond. Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society for two-year colleges.

Candace lives in Abingdon with her 5-year-old son, Rylee, and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in Business. She will finish her coursework this summer, then plans to transfer to Emory & Henry College. She is a veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard and, in addition to being a full-time student at VHCC, works full time as front desk attendant at Abingdon’s Martha Washington Inn.

Chris graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn., and enrolled at VHCC after learning about the Guaranteed Admissions Program that makes it easy for Virginia’s community college graduates to transition to the Commonwealth’s top universities. He will graduate next month with an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies, then plans to transfer to Emory & Henry College or The University of Virginia to purse a degree in history.  In addition to his membership in PTK, Chris currently serves as president of VHCC’s Student Government Association.

Bradley is a 1995 graduate of Virginia High School, who enjoyed a 10-year-career with Ball Corp. before the company closed its Bristol Virginia manufacturing facility. He is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Informational Systems Technology using educational benefits provided through the federal Trade Act. Bradley will graduate in May and is currently looking for a job in the IT industry.

PTK membership is open to students who maintain a 3.5 GPA after completing at least 12 hours of coursework.  The mission of the honor society is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development.

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