Professional Growth

  • National conferences: Each March, NCMPR sponsors a national conference with keynote speakers, sessions, networking opportunities and more. We focus on the latest trends in college marketing and PR and give you the chance to connect with your peers and share ideas and best practices, all while attending sessions to help you do your job better.

  • Regional conferences: Each of NCMPR's seven districts offers regional conferences every year in the fall. Like the national conferences, the regional conferences feature great learning and networking opportunities, only in a smaller setting with colleagues from surrounding states.

  • Professional development scholarships: These help offset the cost of attending district and national conferences. They are targeted to members of NCMPR, practitioners who are new to their community college jobs, and members at colleges with restricted travel budgets. We also offer diversity, equity and inclusion scholarhips.

  • Leadership Institute: This 10-month program develops the leadership skills communication professionals need to advance and succeed as a key member of their colleges’ administrative leadership teams.

  • Webinars: Learn best practices from peers and industry pros on timely topics such as social media, marketing ROI, content management, fundraising, design, recruitment and more. Webinars are included with membership.

 Professional Resources 

  • Online membership directory: This member service helps you stay in touch with colleagues across the country. It includes the names, colleges, addresses, e-mails and phone numbers of more than 1,600 members nationwide.

  • Counsel: NCMPR's quarterly magazine gives you a direct link to the latest trends in college marketing and PR. Many of the articles are written by NCMPR's own members, so you gain ideas from those in the know.

  • Online resources: NCMPR's members-only section of the website offers reference libraries, a member-written blog, news and announcements, job postings, and other resources to keep you in the loop with current news and information.

  • Community discussion listserv: The listserv provides an open forum for discussion on current issues in two-year college marketing and PR. Use it to post questions to fellow NCMPR members or to answer questions from colleagues. 

  • Networking: NCMPR gives you access to a national network of like-minded colleagues who are eager to share ideas and best practices that you can apply on your own campus. Meet face-to-face at conferences or connect online via social media, discussion forums and topical blogs.

Professional Recognition

  • Paragons and Medallions: NCMPR's prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication. It's the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges. The Medallion Awards, similar to the Paragons, are given at the district level.

  • Communicator of the Year: One of the most celebrated awards given to an NCMPR member, this honors a two-year college marketing professional who has demonstrated special leadership in college communications. 

  • Pacesetter of the Year: This award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership in marketing and PR. 

  • Rising Star: This award recognizes an up-and-coming communication professional who has demonstrated special creativity or ability in college marketing and PR and shows evidence of a promising future in the field.

  • D. Richard Petrizzo Career Service Award: This award honors an NCMPR professional for career accomplishments in college marketing and PR.

  • President's Award: This is among the highest distinctions given to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the community college movement on a regional or national basis, particularly in the areas of marketing and PR.

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