The Florida region of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) holds an annual convention, including more than 75 chapters from various community colleges throughout the state of Florida and the British Virgin Islands. Each year Hillsborough Community College sends at least two of its five chapters in hopes of gaining valuable knowledge and experience that attendees can bring back to other students within the chapter, as well as in other clubs on campus.
Alpha Lambda Alpha, the HCC Brandon Campus PTK chapter, has made it a tradition to attend the regional convention year after year. Our executive board understands the mission of Phi Theta Kappa: To recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students by providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming
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Our efforts have paid off, as we have created a buzz around the Florida region over the past couple of years. In 2011 chapter member Justin Contreras won the regional speech competition, the first of many awards our chapter has received. In 2012 Chapter President Miguel Martinez won our second speech award, kicking off ten awards Alpha Lambda Alpha brought home that year. Also in 2012, our PTK chapter was elected the Executive Chapter of the Florida Region, a responsibility we held for the next 12 months.
With little time to celebrate, we took charge in developing a set of regional goals; our motive was to reawaken the “sleeping giant” known as the Florida region. This year we hosted the Florida Regional Convention in Fort Lauderdale March 1 – 3. The chapter promotes regional goals through interactive workshops, focus groups and keynote speakers from around the state. As part of one of the largest regions within the PTK organization, Alpha Lambda Alpha continues to breathe new life into the Florida region and help our members reach their full potential.