Phi Theta Kappa

The International Honor Society of the Two-Year College PTK Key

Tillamook Bay Community College and Phi Theta Kappa bring you the Beta Delta Epsilon Chapter of PTK.  We serve to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of accomplished students and we provide opportunities for individual growth and development through fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service.  

Invitations for membership are mailed at the end of each quarter to students who have at least 12 college credit hours with a GPA of 3.25 or greater.  An annual induction ceremony is held in May to recognize new members.  If you are interested in joining PTK, please contact PTK Advisor Melanie Weber, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (503) 842-8222, ext. 1880.

Garrett BurrGarrett Burr


My family moved to Tillamook when I was two years old, so I've been here for about 17 years. I am in my second year at Tillamook Bay, and I am pursuing my Associate of Science Oregon Transfer degree in Business--whew, quite a title. Along with taking general courses, I need to take business and computer courses that will prepare me for a business program at a four-year college. Currently, I am considering such majors as Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. I chose TBCC because it allows me stay close to the people who matter most to me as I transition into adulthood and college life. I chose Phi Theta Kappa because I believe I can add creativity and, hopefully, help make the college experience better; not only for me, but also for all students. Remember, if we can all participate and add a little bit of ourselves to TBCC, we can change it for the better and leave a mark for future students. Some advice for students pursuing degrees: research and plan!

Judith Lobato

Vice President

I was born in Tillamook, and have lived here 20 years. I have been going to TBCC for 2 years, and my goal is to receive an Associates of Science Transfer degree, then transfer to a 4-year college to become a pediatric nurse. I really like the one-on-one connection with instructors and smaller classroom sizes that allow students to really get a grasp of the material. I got into PTK because of my friend, and I enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community however I am able. Some advice I would give to new students would be to watch for scholarships, and do NOT procrastinate. Also, check other colleges so you know where you want to go after TBCC BEFORE you are finished at TBCC.

Brenda Velazquez-VillaBrenda Velazquez-Villa


I’ve lived in Tillamook for 11 years. I am currently studying to become a nurse.  I will be transferring to Concordia University after graduation. I chose TBCC because I wanted to be close to my family. I joined PTK because I wanted to experience new things and become more active with students. Some advice that I would give to new students would be to do as many scholarships as they can, and to enjoy the experience of college. 


Andrew Eklof



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Jessica Ponce

Public Relations

Hello, my name is Jessica Ponce and I have been living in South Tillamook county since I was 7 years old. I graduated from Nestucca High School in 2014, and I am the first in my family to attend college. I chose TBCC because it was very affordable, plus I'm taking advantage of the First Class Scholars scholarship! After finishing my AAOT, I plan to pursue a teaching degree at Western Oregon University and become a bilingual elementary teacher, something that I believe Tillamook County is really in need of! I've always liked to be a part of volunteer and community activities, that is why I chose to be in PTK. Not to mention how great it will look on scholarships!


Melanie Weber

PTK Advisor


Hi, I’m Melanie.  I was born in the land of “cheese, trees and ocean breeze.”  I received my Associate of Arts Block Transfer Degree from Portland Community College.  Several of those credits were earned right here at Tillamook Bay Community College and, before that, with the Tillamook High School Honors Program.  I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree from The University of Oregon.  I am passionate about education, traveling and my family.  Please stop by to see me at the Testing Center, located next to the Library at Tillamook Bay Community College.  Please remember to “Act in Kindness” and seize THIS day!

Phi Theta Kappa meetings are held Wednesdays, at 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM, in Room 106.  ALL Students and Alumni are welcome.