April 22, 2014
I attended my first NCMPR conference in Austin, Texas, in 2006. I remember being in awe of the professionals I met there and overwhelmed by their contributions to America's community colleges. I took back things I learned and saw, and used them to transform my own organization. Seven years later, MiraCosta College has two gold Paragons under its belt, at least three dozen regional Medallions, and even a regional Pacesetter and Communicator of the Year. And each and every year, when I attend an NCMPR conference and see the ideas and work coming from institutions across the United States, I am refreshed, rejuvenated and excited! The organization that has recognized our work has also helped to shape it. The professional connections my staff and I have made through NCMPR have made us a better communications department ... one that is in touch with trends across the country and eager to continue to improve!
By Cheryl Broom
Director of Government and Public Relations