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Tuesday March 21, 2017

Jessica Tessman Named a New Century Scholar

WINSTED, CT – March 21, 2017 - Ms. Jessica Tessman, a student at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, has been named a 2017 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.  Jessica, who is currently majoring in Human Services with a 3.56 grade point average, is from Winsted, CT. 

The New Century Scholars program, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), shares a common application with the All-USA Community College Academic Team program, which recognizes outstanding community college students.

More than 1,800 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state. Each scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 24 during the AACC Convention. 

“We appreciate the support of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize the academic achievement and leadership accomplishments of these outstanding community college students,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “These scholarships provided by organizations like Coca-Cola make the goal of college completion possible.”

“Jess has been a member of Team Success Scholars for the duration of her time at NCCC, I am very happy for her,” said Program Director, Susan Dichter, who has mentored Jessica throughout her time at Northwestern. Team Success Scholars, a youth program is WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funded through the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB).

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Jessica is a member of the Alpha Nu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at NCCC.  Her chapter advisors, Professor Crystal Wiggins (  and Professor Todd Bryda (, are extremely proud of her accomplishments at the college. 


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