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The 2015 Paragon Awards

NCMPR's prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It's the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

Winners hail from large, multicampus districts and small institutions, from large staffs with healthy budgets and from one-person shops with limited resources. All of them demonstrate that creativity, originality and unique approaches to problem-solving set the winners apart.

Entries are now be accepted for this year's competition, and the winners will be announced at the 2016 national conference, scheduled March 13-15 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Entry Deadlines

Early-Bird: Thursday, Oct. 1
Mail-in entries must be POSTMARKED and PAID FOR on or before this date. Electronic entries must be UPLOADED and PAID FOR by midnight Eastern Time.

Regular (and final): Thursday, Oct. 15
Mail-in entries must be ARRIVE by this date. Electronic entries must be UPLOADED by midnight Eastern Time. Proof of payment must accompany all entries.

Entry Fees

Early-Bird: $30 per entry
Regular: $35 per entry

$65 per entry


Call for Entries Brochure

Check out this BROCHURE for complete details about what to enter, how to enter, category guidelines and judging.


Submission Procedures:
FAQs and Important Changes

Paragon entries will be submitted using the BetterBNC Media Awards platform. There have been a few changes to the categories and requirements, so be sure to read carefully the Call for Entries brochure and follow all the guidelines.

To help with making the process easier, here are two fliers with answers to frequently asked questions and notes about some important changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Changes and Reminders


Call the national office at (505) 349-0500.

THANKS to Our Paragon Sponsor!

Interact Communications has been a longtime supporter of NCMPR and this year is our first-ever Paragon sponsor.

Interact is a full-service marketing and communications company focused exclusively on two-year community and technical colleges. The company provides research, branding, creative and political services for colleges and statewide systems, along with custom research and original media. Interact was founded by Dr. Pamela Cox-Otto and has served more than 100 colleges in 34 states since 1996.




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