A chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was organized at McDowell Tech in 1998. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. The Society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official general honor society for two-year colleges.
Each fall and spring semester, the Beta Zeta Lambda chapter may extend an invitation to MTCC students who have been recommended by their advisors and have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work required for an associate degree and who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.