San Jacinto College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students Andrew Currie, Sadokat Khakimova, and Erin Graham have been selected to represent the College as part of the All-Texas Academic Team in conjunction with the Texas Association of Community Colleges and PTK.
Each year, approximately 100 outstanding community college students are selected from the 50 community college districts in Texas to be honored as members of the All-Texas Academic Team. Students are nominated by faculty members, and selections are based on academic achievement, community service, leadership, and expression. Since a 3.5 GPA is required when applying, the extra work and community service outside of their courses play an important role in selection.
“The students we nominate all have a 3.5 [GPA], so it’s either their community service, their service to PTK, and other extracurricular activities and that set them apart,” said Elizabeth McKinley, PTK faculty advisor and San Jac accounting professor.
“My life hasn’t been easy, but I do everything I possibly can to do my best at everything I try,” said Graham. “I strive to make As in all my classes, and I work hard to make it happen. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
Opportunities like these often require long nights of studying and hours of extra work to maintain excellence. Add in community service and Phi Theta Kappa duties, and the room for error becomes even smaller. College can be trying, but the results always make the effort worth it.
“We are given an opportunity to change our lives every day,” said Khakimova, vice president of leadership of San Jac’s PTK South Campus chapter. “All we must do is to recognize it and catch it. One thing we all have to remember is that hard work is always rewarded. Belief in and [loving] what you do, along with a [good] work ethic, can take any person anywhere.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.