Monday, April 16, 2018

Multiple marketing, PR awards for East County college district

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Marketing and Communications Office has been bringing home the honors over the past month with numerous awards

recognizing exemplary marketing, communications, design and public relations efforts.

The district was honored Thursday with five PRO Awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization, a professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence in California's community college public relations and related professions. More than 350 entries were submitted from across the state.

The college district’s awards presented at CCPRO’s annual conference held this year in Sacramento:

  • First place for the District’s 2016-17 Annual Report
  • Second place in the feature writing category for a piece on prison parolee-turned-Cuyamaca College-success-story Michael Ryan
  • Third place in the feature writing category for a profile on Cuyamaca College DACA student Iveth Estrada
  • Second place for a news release about Grossmont College classes being held for inmates at the Las Colinas Detention Facility 
  • Second place in the College Promotional Video category for Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges’ career education videos

On March 18, the college district won several national Paragon awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations conference in Las Vegas. NCMPR is an organization that connects marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges and supports their professional growth. The District received: 
  • Gold Award for excellence in writing for a profile of DACA student Iveth Estrada
  • Silver Award for excellence in writing for a profile of Fadya Basha, who at 74 years old was the oldest graduate of Cuyamaca College at its 2017 commencement 
  •  Bronze Award for the 2016-17 Annual Report, the fourth consecutive year the district annual report received a Paragon Award

This year's Paragon Awards competition drew 1,943 entries from 243 colleges across the country.

At the NCMPR District 6 regional awards on March 19, the district received:

  • Gold Medallion Award for the 2015-2016 Annual Report
  • Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Writing for the profile of Estrada
  • Interim Community Partnerships and Advancement Coordinator Kerri Ewing received the Rising Star Award recognizing an up-and-coming communications professional at a two-year or technical college

The District 6 region covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Territory of Guam.  

For more information about the district and its colleges, go to

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