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Tri-County Community College is Honored with New Honor Society

New Human Services Honor Society at Tri-County Community College

After more than a year of hard work, Lindi Gentry-Lechelt, Psychology and Human Services instructor at Tri-County Community College (TCCC), announced that the College had been awarded a chapter in Tau Epsilon Alpha, the National Organization for Human Services honor society.

“I almost cried when I got the notification,” said Gentry-Lechelt. “I have a lot of deserving students for whom this will be of great benefit.”

Gentry-Lechelt noticed while she was involved with Phi Theta Kappa and other college-level honor societies, that her Human Services students weren’t matching the prevailing criteria for those organizations. She began looking for an honor society more relevant to the qualifications and interests her students possessed.

She discovered a perfect fit in the National Human Services Honor Society, and her year-long quest to start a chapter at TCCC began.

The minimum number of students required by Tau Epsilon Alpha to even consider a chapter was ten, all needing to have grades in the top 35 percent of their class.

Thirteen TCCC students will be inducted into the newly-formed chapter at the annual Honor Society Banquet held later this spring.

“That’s no small feat considering that the Human Services program here is only two years old,” said Gentry-Lechelt.

“We are very proud of Lindi and her students,” said Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, president of TCCC. “The prestige of having an honor society on a resume will be very impressive to potential employers, and it blends perfectly with our mission to help our students succeed and enrich the communities we serve.”

For more information about the Human Services Program, contact Lindi Gentry-Lechelt at (828) 835-4280, or