Date: October 21, 2004 (04-97) 

Maryland’s Community Colleges Earn 28 Marketing Awards
State’s Two-year Schools Honored by Industry’s National Association 

Maryland’s community colleges racked up 28 of the 100 “Medallion Awards” presented this month at the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations’ (NCMPR) District 1 Conference in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. NCMPR is an affiliate organization of the American Association of Community Colleges that serves industry professionals from community and technical colleges. 

The Medallion Awards competition is held annually for each of NCMPR's districts.  District 1 consists of community colleges from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edwards Island, Quebec and United Kingdom.  

Included among the Maryland awards was the top honor of a Gold Medallion for a first-ever television ad that jointly showcases the educational value of the state’s 16 community colleges. Produced by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, in conjunction with the individual colleges, the ad has appeared on local affiliate stations for the past year in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan area. The Association will compete for the national honor in March. 

Prince George's Community College President Dr. Ronald Williams was awarded this year's District 1 "Pacesetter of the Year" award, which recognizes excellence among chief executive officers for the nation's two-year institutions. With the award, Dr. Williams is now automatically in competition for the national honor, which is presented each March at NCMPR's annual conference and selected from the association’s seven district honorees.  

Among the state's community colleges earning NCMPR District 1 medallions in this year's competition were:

  • Anne Arundel Community College, which received three awards: a gold medallion in the color photograph category; a silver medallion for the wildcard entry; and an honorable mention for its annual report.

  • Carroll Community College, which earned four awards: three gold medallion awards in the categories of catalog, college viewbook, and class schedule; and one silver medallion in the brochure/flyer category.  

  • Cecil Community College, which won two awards: a gold medallion for a one-time special event; and a silver medallion for the college viewbook.   

  • Community College of Baltimore County, which earned a total of eight awards, including five gold medallions: for best college viewbook, radio public service announcement/advertisement, marketing campaign, and electronic media presentation; a silver in the booklet category; and two bronzes for logo design and feature article/general news story.    

  • College of Southern Maryland, which received three awards in total, including gold medallions in the brochure/flyer and website categories; and a silver award in the catalog category.  

  • Montgomery College, which won seven total awards: two gold medallions for best poster and media success story; one silver award for feature article/general news story; and four bronze awards for print advertisement, college viewbook, brochure/flyer, and wildcard entry. 

          For more information on Maryland's 16 community colleges, visit www.mdcommunitycolleges.com. For information about the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, visit www.mdacc.org or call 410-974-8117.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.