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CCCC students make PTK All-California Academic Team

Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) Jessica Weston–

Two Cerro Coso Community College students have been named to the 2024 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Academic Team.

Dean Mabrey

Kaleb McClendon from the Ridgecrest campus and Dean Mabrey from the Online campus, two remarkable individuals, were among the 122 college students chosen for this year’s awards. Their journey, marked by dedication and hard work, has led them to join some of the best of the two million students in California’s 116 community colleges.

Kaleb McClendon

The All-State Academic Team Program provides recognition at the state level for top community college students.

Grades, leadership, and community service determine who is selected for the All-California First, Second, and Third Teams. Teams are selected based on the scores nominees receive from PTK judges.

McClendon and Mabrey were selected for the second team.

PTK, a prestigious organization, recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides unparalleled opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders.

Established in 1918, PTK has grown to more than 3.5 million members in the U.S. and worldwide.  Building on the success of the national All-USA Team Program, PTK launched the All-State Academic Team Program to provide recognition at the state level for top community college students.

“These students embody academic excellence,” said Larry Galizio, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Community College League of California.  “Their dedication and hard work serve as an example for their peers and communities.  The League is pleased to recognize the All-California Academic Honor Roll honorees with well-deserved medallions and certificates.”

“I congratulate and pay tribute to both of these students for having earned and received this distinguished award.  Their achievements as Cerro Coso students are just the beginning, and I have no doubt that the determination and dedication they possess will drive them to excel in all their future endeavors,” stated Cerro Coso President Dr. Sean Hancock.