Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society


Alpha Gamma Sigma

THE HONOR SOCIETY for CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
ALPHA GAMMA SIGMA You are eligible to join AGS if you have:

  1. A cumulative (all college work) GPA of 3.0 or higher, and
  2. A current (last semester’s) GPA of 3.0 or higher, and
  3. Have completed at least 12 units of college work.

 Why should you join?
The Best Colleges and the Best Employers look for Excellence!
AGS is all about Excellence.
Also, as an “Active” AGS Member you can:

  1. Become eligible for AGS Scholarships!
  2. Wear the AGS Honors “Gold Stole” at Graduation
  3. Attend Reginal and State AGS Conferences
  4. Meet other CCC Students with Similar Interest.
  5. Enhance your Scholarship, Transfer and Employment Applications.

 To apply:
Complete an on-line APPLICATION.
For more membership information see the AGS BYLAWS.

 

AGS FORMS

Membership Application Forms–Please use the on-line form.
Instructions and a link to the on-line form are found on the APPLY for MEMBERSHIP page.
Volunteer hours are required for “Active” Memberships status.
Nomination Forms:
Note:  See the AGS BYLAWS for an explanation of the different types of memberships.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is required of AGS members?AGS (our local chapter and the state organization) emphasizes both scholarship and service. To be an AGS member you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To be eligible for scholarships and special recognition at graduation (i.e., wearing the Gold Stole, see below) AGS members must complete at least 10 hours of volunteer service per semester. (Forms for volunteer hours are available outside SSC-108 or on-line.) Once you have completed your volunteer hours you are considered an “Active” member. Those who have been “Active” for a minimum of 2 semesters are eligible to wear the Gold Stole.
Unless it is absolutely impossible for you, we require that at least 2 of your volunteer hours be donated to our club activities.
If you need something to do to earn volunteer hours, we always need help with club activities.
2. How often do I have to turn in an application? 
To maintain membership, you must submit an application each semester, even if you paid dues for 2 semesters.
3. I’m graduating this spring, what do I need to do to wear the Gold Stole?
First you must let the AGS advisors know you are graduating so we can order the stole for you. Do this by March 1. The bookstore will not take your order directly. The cost is approximately $30-$35. Second, you must have been an “Active” member for two (2) semesters. See the discussion about Active membership in the response to Question 1.
4. When are the meetings? 
There are 2 meetings a month, one in the evening for those who work during the day and one in the day. You may come to both if you wish. Sometimes the material covered will be the same, but not always. Look for announcements about meeting on our web site or by e-mail.
5. How do I get information about AGS activities, meetings, scholarships, opportunities for volunteer work on campus, etc.? 
Announcements are made periodically throughout the semester by e-mail. Please make sure we have a current and accurate e-mail address for you. (Sometimes it is very hard to read your handwriting or to distinguish between a 0 (number) and an O (letter) or 1 (number) and an l (letter) among other difficulties.) We will also try to keep up-to-date announcements posted on this web site. Announcements are also posted on the AGS bulletin board in the library across from Room 3. It is up to you to keep informed. Please check these for past announcements that may be important to you. (If you wish to get announcements sent to you in the mail you may provide us with some self-addressed stamped envelopes.)
6. Why does AGS require dues? 
Our local chapter is part of the state-wide AGS Honor Society for students at the Community College level. As such, we must maintain our “member in good standing” status in reference to our state obligations. Each year the state organization sponsors two conferences a year where AGS members from all over the state can meet. The state-wide organization also offers many scholarships for which our students can compete. One of our responsibilities to the state is to pay $5 per member per semester. Of the dues you paid this leaves $9 or $10 per member per semester to fund local activities, award local scholarships and cover the costs of club administration. Many years ago, AGS members voted to set aside $1 out of the dues to endow a scholarship fund. Over the years, we have saved approximately $10,000. Our goal is to reach $50,000. The interest from this endowment will then be used to award special AGS scholarships to Contra Costa College students.
APPLY for MEMBERSHIP 
TYPES of MEMBERSHIP
The Application (see link under Step 2) is for the following three types of membership:Initial Membership. A person may attain initial membership, if the person has completed 12 semester units of college work in a maximum of 3 semesters at any recognized institution of higher education and has both a current and a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Temporary Membership.  All life members of the California Scholarship Federation and those who graduated with a minimum G.P.A of 3.5 at the high school level shall be invited to become temporary members during their first semester in the community college and shall have, upon payment of dues, all the privileges of membership except that of holding office.

Continuing Membership.  An initial or temporary member may attain continuing membership by:  (1) achieving for the previous semester not less than a 3.0 G.P.A. in courses of recognized college standing and (2) maintaining a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better in courses of recognized college standing.

See the AGS Bylaws for more information and for other types of membership.

AGS APPLICATION
Three simple steps:Step 1.  Gather the following information before you start.
You will be asked for the following information.  The information will be verified by an AGS advisor from your Contra Costa Community College District records (includes DVC & Los Medanos).  If you are relying on college work from a college outside our district you will need to turn in a transcript (unofficial) of your work from that college.  If you are a first semester college student applying for Temporary Membership you will need to turn in a copy of your high school transcript.  (Turn in to an AGS advisor or at an AGS meeting.)

  • Your most recent or current semester’s GPA.  This must be 3.0 or higher.  (This will be for a Fall or a Spring semester–not summer.)
    • There is an exception to this requirement if you are a continuing member.  Continuing members will receive one semester of grace for every semester of earned continuing membership.  There shall not be two consecutive grace periods.
    • You will be asked for your GPA with 3 decimal places.  For example 3.289.
    • You cannot round a 2.875 GPA to 3.0.  If your GPA is 2.something you are not eligible.
  • Your cumulative GPA.  This is for all college work completed to date and must also be 3.0 or higher.
    • You will be asked for your GPA with 3 decimal places.  For example 3.289.
    • You cannot round a 2.875 GPA to 3.0.  If your GPA is 2.something you are not eligible.
  • Your total number of units.  This is for all college work completed.  This must be 12 units or more.
  • If you are a first semester college student (applying for Temporary Membership), you will need your cumulative high school GPA.  This must be 3.5 or higher.
  • Your CCC student ID.

Step 2.  Fill out the on-line application (after reading the instructions below).

  • You need to complete at one stitting.  If you are unable to complete it click on the “cancel” bottom and come back at a later time.  You will need to start over.  There are only 18-20 questions.
  • The directions or important information about each question is given below the fill-in area for your response.  Read it.
  • Questions marked with an asterisck (*) are required.  Some may need you to enter a “0″ (zero) or “na”
  • When you are done, click on the OK button.
  • Do not fill in the “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” portions.
  • Click here for the AGS APPLICATION

Step 3.  Pay your dues.

  • Dues for one semester: $15.  For information about dues see AGS FAQs.
  • EOPS students may be eligible to have their dues paid by EOPS.
  • Pay dues at an AGS meeting.   See AGS homepage for meeting information.  Dues need to be paid by the last day to withdraw for the semester.  See the academic calendar for dates.