News Release

Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) has been granted membership to Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-year College. WWTC will be recognized as the Beta Nu Chi chapter.

Dr. Lee Rasch, WWTC president, will officially receive the charter from Phi Theta Kappa International during a ceremony on Tuesday, March 29. The event will be held at
7:00 p.m. in room 200 of the Academic Resource Center, 400 7th St. N., La Crosse.

WWTC’s 67 charter student members will also be inducted that evening. To become a member, the student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework (full-time or part-time), and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

“Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a terrific way for us to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement,” said Dan Rooney, WWTC Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “In addition to the recognition, the Society offers students many scholarship opportunities, as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills and contribute to the betterment of their communities.”

Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918. Today, the Society has grown to become the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.6 million members and 1,200 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and Germany. Their mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, visit To learn more about WWTC programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at