Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG)

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Business Honor Society

The Alpha Beta Gamma's Coastline Charter, Alpha Phi, was founded in 2013. Alpha Phi is the first business honor society at Coastline thanks to the hard efforts of five founders, two dedicate advisors, and the support of college staff.

Besides onsite activities, we offer many projects for distance-learning students. We pay more attention to bring our members more opportunities for scholarships and jobs. Our two main goals are: developing essential skills for successful careers and creating professional outcomes.

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About Association of College Honor Societies

Alpha Beta Gamma® International Business Honor Society is the business honor society for accredited junior, community and technical two year colleges. The society exists to recognize and reward academic excellence among business honor students and to recognize the contribution to learning and business of professionals. In 1998 the constitution was amended to accept business honor students from Mexico and Canada.

Alpha Beta Gamma is a member of the association of college honor societies. The Association of College Honor Societies was organized October 2, 1925, by a group of college and university teachers, administrators, and representatives of a few well-established honor societies. Its object was then and is now to consider problems of mutual interest such as those arising from the confusion prevailing on college campuses concerning the character, function, standards of membership, multiplicity, and undesirable duplication of honor societies; to recommend action leading to appropriate classification, higher standards, reasonable cost of membership, consolidation or elimination; and to promote the highest interest of honor societies.

Sixty-nine honor societies are now members of the A.C.H.S. Definitions, standards, requirements for membership, and a statement on the functions of honor societies were adopted by the A.C.H.S. in 1944. These were incorporated with appropriate modifications in the Constitution and Bylaws of the A.C.H.S. in 1951.

The society is also a participating institute in the Association of Canadian Community College Affiliates Network (Membre participant au Reseau d'Affilies Internationaux de L'ACCC, and educational affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The society was founded in 1970 and currently has over 65,000 members.

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Application Process

Please fill in the Application found in the directory below then email it to You shall receive the result within 2 weeks. You can download the application form here

Permanent Membership

Each candidate for permanent membership must have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of course work taken leading to an Associate degree recognized by Coastline Community College, with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, and adhere to the school conduct code and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

Grades for courses completed at other institutions will be considered when determining membership eligibility.

A cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 must be maintained to remain in good standing. Failure to meet good standing requirements until the day of graduation will cause membership and all membership privileges to be revoked.

Permanent members shall be eligible for national scholarships and other benefits for life time.

Permanent members shall receive an honor certificate at graduation.

Provisional membership

A student must be currently enrolled in associate degree course work at a two year college, adhere to school conduct code, and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

Provisional membership shall be eligible for scholarships and other benefits within Coastline collegiate charter.

Provisional membership shall upgrade to Permanent membership when fulfilling all requirements.

Provisional membership fee is $39.

Join a Team!

The Business Honor Society at Coastline is organized in a simple model where members can experience and challenge themselves with professional tasks.

Students can choose to join in one of three functional teams to develop their interest and skills in a particular business field.

MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT TEAM simulates Human Resources where students can experience recruiting, human resources management, and evaluating. Its functions include:

  • Promoting recruitment.
  • Connecting members through social activities.
  • Encouraging member contributions.
  • Preparing recognition for members, especially at graduation.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES TEAM is similar to a Promotions department. It requires building relationships with potential clients who will be sponsors for student scholarships and employers for internship opportunities. The team functions include:

  • Establishing relationships with sponsors and local businesses.
  • Seeking scholarships and internship opportunities.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES TEAM similar to a Public Relations department, where an organization engages with the surrounding community. The Social Activities team is different from the Student Opportunities as it focuses on social interests. Its functions include:

  • Planning and operating social events which demonstrate positive social responsibilities of a business.
  • Fundraising for events.

The ABG Executive Board

The Business Honor Society Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma - Coastline Community College shall have 6 Executive Board officers: President, Treasurer, Recorder, Vice President of Human Resources Management, Vice President of Student Opportunities, and Vice President of Social Activities. Each Vice President will lead a team within the scope of each Vice President's responsibilities.

The President shall:

  1. Preside over all business meetings.
  2. Appoint and establish any necessary committees.
  3. Present business to the organization by setting the agenda.
  4. Represent the organization at all times.
  5. Appoint a committee to review and/or revise the chapter bylaws annually.
  6. Initiate short and long term goals with the members within the expectations of the organization and solicit members' recommendations.
  7. President shall act as a non-voting member, unless to break a tie.
  8. In any case the President is unable to Chair meeting(s), the Vice-President of Social Activities will Chair the meeting. If the Vice-President of Social Activities is unable to Chair the meeting, then the Vice-President of Student Opportunities will Chair the meeting. All Interim Chair will act as a non-voting member, unless to break a tie.

The Treasurer shall:

  1. Manage financial documents of the organization including, but not limited to the Balance Sheet and Income Statements that shall be audited by the Advisor (Co-Advisors) and notarized before the office is relinquished.
  2. Receive all money and route deposits to the Associate Student Government account.
  3. Make a report of finances at each business meeting.
  4. Prepare review at the beginning of each Fall and Spring Semester.
  5. Prepare an Annual Report to be sent to the National Office at the end of the academic year each spring.

The Recorder shall:

  1. Prepare the agenda for every meeting
  2. Prepare meeting's draft minutes within 72 hours after the meetings
  3. Maintain all records of agendas and minutes in the society. Keep a full record of chapter materials, including the Bylaws and related documents

Three Vice Presidents shall:

  1. Assign tasks for team members based on their abilities and voluntary consent
  2. Follow up with team timeline, goals, and commitments and report them to the President and Chapter
  3. Motivate members to generate ideas
  4. Be Chair of the team they are in charge of
  5. Act as the liaison between their team and the Executive Board



What is the Business Honor Society?

The Business Honor Society, aka ABG, is a network of students committed to academic excellence and professional development among its members.

What are the requirements to join?

In order to become a member, you must be pursuing associate degree, or certificate, coursework at Coastline Community College. If you have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of coursework taken leading to an Associate degree recognized by Coastline, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, adhere to the school conduct code, and possess recognized qualities of citizenship, then you are eligible to become a permanent member.

Students who are enrolled in college, but have not yet completed enough requirements for permanent membership may apply for provisional membership until they qualify to apply for permanent membership.

What are the benefits to joining?

By joining the Business Honors Society, you join a network of students who share a common desire for scholastic success and interest in business. Through joining ABG you will have the opportunity to connect with students and teachers, pursue business and school related activities such as attending talks, training events, or seeking positions of leadership within the society. We also offer information regarding job and internship opportunities, scholarships and peer review of applications and resumes for both. We also hold workshops, where you will learn valuable information relevant to your professional and personal development, and social events for networking.

I have all the necessary classes and credits to join; however, I have a 2.9 G.P.A, may I still join?

Of course you may. As long as you enroll in a certified business coursework at accredited college, you can start by applying for provisional member. After you are qualified for permanent, you can upgrade your status to permanent member.

Is Business Honor Society only for students majoring in Business?

No, there are a variety of degrees that involve different aspects of business and would be welcomed to join.

How much time commitment is there to be a member?

The minimum requirement is to attend at least one meeting per month. However, the time you want to contribute can depend on how much commitment you want to put into the effort for each activity. Also, this will be depends which team you'll want to be in. Range can be anywhere between 2 hours per month to 10 hours per month. We can't just give a number to an outcome; the outcome will be measure on the dedication that a person is willing to put in.

What are the benefits of being a permanent member versus provisional?

Permanent members are recognized and on file of National ABG. They received all benefits of a national member, such as certificate, membership card, label pin, discounts, etc. and can join national events (journals, essay competition, scholarship, leadership conference, etc.)

How much does it cost to be a member?

It costs $75 to become a permanent membership, and the fee for provisional membership is $39. On your application for permanent membership, you can write a short essay to apply for a $15 fee waiver (the fee waiver doesn't apply for provisional). Also, the cost you paid for provisional membership will be deducted from the cost of permanent membership, so you would only have to pay an extra $36 to change from provisional to permanent, and if you submit the essay for $15 fee waiver, you only need to pay $21 to upgrade your status to permanent.

What is the purpose of membership fee?

Different from any regular clubs, the Business Honor Society (ABG) is a nationally well-organized non-profit organization. ABG has the Headquarter in New York with a network of 180 active chapters and nearly 70,000 members all over the country. The membership fee is used efficiently to:

  • Maintain the management nationwide and enlarge our relationship to international institutions such as the American Association of Community College and the Association of Canadian Community College
  • Operate national and collegiate events
  • Provide annual scholarships for outstanding members
  • Issue membership package to each permanent member, which includes a valuable certificate, a well-designed membership card, a gold lapel pin, a gold seal, and a window decal.

It can be said that the membership fee is a good investment to your future career because the membership provides you more opportunities to develop your transferable skills, enlarge your professional network, and prove your abilities by physical acknowledgments.

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