RTC student selected to All-USA Community College Academic Team

  • Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RENTON, Wash. – Mohamed (Mo) Abdullahi, a computer science student at Renton Technical College (RTC), has been selected as one of 20 community college students in the nation to be a member of the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

Along with the recognition as an outstanding student and an engaged leader, Mohamed will receive a $5,000 scholarship supported by the Follett Higher Education Group.

Student winners will be introduced at Phi Theta Kappa's Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on April 24, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The All-USA program is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. Each college may nominate two students for showing intellectual rigor and demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and civic growth.

Mohamed was born in 1993 in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to the United States with his mother as a refugee. He entered the RTC computer science program after high school graduation, pursuing his studies while working evenings as a security guard and as a tutor. Mohamed is a student leader in the RTC Associated Student Government and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honors society.

The 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group with additional support is provided by Phi Theta Kappa and AACC.

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.

Follett Higher Education Group is the leading provider of college and university bookstore services. Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers print and digital learning materials, retail services, library resources and school management systems on more than 1200 college campuses and across 65,000 elementary and high schools.

Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry. Renton Technical College is one of 34 colleges in Washington state operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The Renton Technical College service area encompasses the Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma and Enumclaw School Districts and the central and south portions of the Seattle School District.

For more information contact:
Roberto Bonaccorso, Director of College Relations and Marketing
(425) 235-2356, rbonaccorso@rtc.edu