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Updated: 2/27/2014 9:32 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Math students listen and take notes as the instructor goes over their lesson for the day.

All of the students will hopefully be successful in the class and others at ICC in order to earn a degree from the college.

They now have extra encouragement to do so through a program called C4 or Community College Completion Corps.

Student Sarah Guess said, "That's a big accomplishment and big step for a student to have a degree in their hand."

This effort is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the ICC Advising Center.

Students and faculty alike sign pledges committing to doing what's necessary to complete a degree. It includes students using any and all college resources, support networks and improved guidance offered to students by instructors.

Instructor Heather McCormick said, "As much as we encourage them to get a four year degree sometimes life just happens. We don't want them to miss having some degree somewhere along the way."

Along with ICC, other community colleges in the state and nation are part of this effort.

Over the last few years, the college has put in place the Graduation It Matters program that school officials say has paid off with more students getting a degree.

The new C4 effort is an expansion of this.

McCormick said, "If you've got that extra degree you have something to fall back on. It also makes you more marketable to employers because you have a degree. It helps transferring your classes to a four year university as well."

As part of the pledge to complete a degree, students also promise to help at least one other student do the same.

ICC will have a day to sign the C4 pledge on campus.

It comes up next Thursday.
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