Macomb Community College student wins national honor

– Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00AM

Warren resident receives Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team award

Macomb Community College student Jason McDaris, 39, has been named a Silver Scholar award winner in the 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

He is one of 150 students nationwide named to the team. The program annually recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships. As a Silver Scholar awardee, McDaris receives a $1,250 scholarship and a medallion.

McDaris, who graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1993, finished his associate degree in climate control technology at Macomb in May 2012. Since then, he has been earning additional credits toward a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) engineering technology and energy management from Ferris State University.  A “3 + 1” agreement between the two institutions allows McDaris to earn three years of credit toward his bachelor degree by taking classes at Macomb.  He will begin completing his final year in May via Ferris State’s online learning program.

McDaris said his participation in Phi Theta Kappa since 2010 reinforced his “ability to learn and retain knowledge at a high level. It has motivated me even more to focus and stay persistent at the next level.”

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes academic team scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team.  Community colleges may submit two nominations per campus for this award.  In the selection process, an independent panel of judges considers academic rigor, grade-point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 131,000 students inducted annually.       

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271; meltonj@macomb.edu

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